Four Dee Rees films featured for Black History Month

Dee Rees Poster_11x17.jpgDee Rees, filmmaker, screenwriter and Nashville native, made history in January as the first African-American woman ever to be nominated for an Oscar for Writing (adapted screenplay).

In celebration of Black History Month, the College of Media and Entertainment is sponsoring screenings of Rees’s films every Tuesday in the month of February, starting at 6 p.m. The doors open at 5:45. Allie Sultan, assistant professor in Media Arts and chair of the Tom T. Hall Scholarship Committee, arranged the screenings and will host each session. The showings are free and will be held in the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building in Room 101.

Here are the scheduled screenings and a brief synopsis of each film:

Feb. 6
Eventual Salvation (2008)
Synopsis: Having barely escaped with her life over a decade ago, my American-born, 80-year-old grandmother returns to Monrovia, Liberia, to rebuild her home and community after the devastating Liberian civil war.  (Documentary)

Feb. 13
Pariah (2011)
Synopsis: A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Feb. 20
Bessie (2015)
Synopsis: The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and ’30s.

Feb. 27
Mudbound (2017)
Synopsis: Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

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