CHICAGO, IL â€“ ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premier of Afraid of Dark at the Chicago Cultural Centerâ€™s Claudia Cassidy Theater (77 E. Randolph St.) on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM. The event is free. Attendees rvsp at www.imagenation.us.
Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and present implications of the two most prevalent black male stereotypes: the â€œbrute” and â€œMandingo.â€ Through candid interviews with black men spanning age and background, the feature-length film documentary explores the difference between how society perceives black males and how they define themselves. Featuring: Dr. Cornel West, Tom Burrell, Vondie Curtis Hall, Malik Yoba, Kevin Powell, Lou Meyers, Sam Greenlee, Sadat X, General Steele, Peter Gunz, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Brooklyn Borough President; Eric Adams, Chris Rob, Dr. Herukhuti, and many more.
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Mya B. (Afraid of Dark Director/Columbia College Film Alumna), Richard Steele (WBEZ/The Barber Shop), and Sunni Ali, Ph.D. (Professor at North Eastern Illinois University). ImageNation Founder and Executive Director Moikgantsi Kgama will serve as panel moderator.
ImageNation Cinema Foundation is an innovative Harlem-based non-profit created to develop cinemas and audiences for independent films and music, that depict the global Black experience. ImageNation has hosted film screenings, live music performances and other cultural events for more than 70,000 people worldwide since its inception in 1997. Programs have featured appearances by leading filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Stanley Nelson and Ava Duvernay. ImageNation is led by Moikgantsi Kgama (Founder & Executive Director) and her husband Gregory Gates (Executive Producer). Kristy Johnson serves as ImageNationâ€™s Chicago Coordinating Producer. For more information, please visit our website www.imagenation.us