“Never Been A Time,” a film by Denise Ward-Brown, associate professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, will debut this Sunday, Nov. 5, 7:30 pm as part of the 26th annual St. Louis International Film Festival. This free screening will take place at Brown Hall Auditorium and there will be a Q&A session after the screening with director Ward-Brown and writer Harper Barnes, author of “Never Been a Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement.”
The film traces a line from the 1917 East St. Louis, Ill., race riot through the civil rights movement to the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown, and the 2017 protests in Minnesota over the shooting death of Philando Castile.
“Never Been a Time” will be featured as part of “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television.” The five-day program explores how film and television reflect — both consciously and unconsciously — problems within U.S. society, including the overt and covert racism that has long segregated our cities. The program is presented by Washington University Libraries, the Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Cinema St. Louis, the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and the Missouri History Museum, in conjunction with “The Divided City” initiative.