Tell Them We Are Rising
November 3, 2017
7:30 pm, WU Brown Hall Auditorium
“Tell Them We Are Rising” explores the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. Today, more than half of all African-American professionals are graduates of HBCUs. The documentary tells the story of HBCUs’ vital importance to America’s black population, demonstrating the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of intolerance and injustice. The film is co-directed by an all-star duo of documentarians: former SLIFF Contemporary Cinema Award honoree Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, who receives the award at this year’s fest.
The screening is being co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series and is sponsored by the African & African-American Studies Program at Washington University. The film was co-directed by an all-star duo of documentarians: former St. Louis International Film Festival Contemporary Cinema Award honoree Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, who will receive the award at this year’s festival. Williams will attend the screening of the film on Friday. A question and answer session will follow the free screening.
The Henry Hampton Film Series premiered in 2014 and seeks to share documentary films made by minority filmmakers or that depict the stories of often underrepresented groups with a focus on the African American experience. The Henry Hampton Film Series is a great opportunity for audiences to see first-run documentaries before their general release and to meet and talk to visiting filmmakers. The Henry Hampton Film Series is a co-presentation of the Washington University Libraries, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum.
Henry Hampton (1940-98) was a St. Louis native and 1961 graduate of Washington University. In 1968, he established his Boston-based company Blackside, Inc., that quickly became the largest African-American-owned film production company of its time. Hampton's works chronicle the 20th century's great political and social movements, focusing on the lives of the poor and disenfranchised.
The Henry Hampton Collection is housed at Washington University Film & Media Archive. The 35,000-plus items in the Henry Hampton Collection include film and videotape (570 hours of original footage and 730 hours of stock footage), photographs, scripts, storyboards, producers' notes, interviews, music, narration, posters, study guides, books and other materials.
Previous screenings in the Henry Hampton Film Series:
- Through A Lens Darkly - Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - Q&A with producer Laurens Grant
- Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 - Q&A with producer Judy Richardson
- Streets of Greenwood (1963) and Lay My Burden Down (1966) - Q&A with filmmaker Jack Willis
- 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets - Q&A with the parents of Jordan Davis, Lucy McBath and Ron Davis
- Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - Q&A with co-director Rita Coburn Whack, interviewee Alice Windom, and Poet Laureate of East St. Louis Eugene Redmond
- Paris Is Burning - Q&A featuring Steve Brawley of the St. Louis LGBT History Project and performers Leon Braxton (aka Dieta Pepsi) and Maxi Glamour.
- Agents of Change - Q&A with co-directors Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson