Minority Documentarian Series Features Jack Willis Films

  • October 8, 2015 • 7 PM – 9 PM
  • Steinberg Auditorium

On Thursday, October 8, at 7 p.m., the WU Libraries will host another film screening as part of the Henry Hampton Minority Documentarian Series. Two short films directed by acclaimed documentarian Jack Willis will be shown: Streets of Greenwood (1962), which chronicles voter registration efforts by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi, and Lay My Burden Down (1966), a documentary about black tenant farmers in Selma, Alabama.

Willis, who has worked in television as well as film, has won many awards, including seven Emmys, the George Polk Award for Investigative Journalism, and the First Amendment Award. His documentaries on race, poverty, and other social issues have been widely distributed in America and Europe. Willis will be present on October 8 and will take part in a discussion after the films have been shown.

The screening will take place in Steinberg Auditorium, on Washington University’s Danforth Campus. The event is free and open to the public. If you have questions, contact Joy Lowery at jlowery@wustl.edu or 314-935-5418.