Part 2 of our 5-part virtual film series,“CITIZEN in Pictures,” a visual interpretation of the themes explored in Claudia Rankine’s award-winning book, “CITIZEN: An American Lyric,” a deeply moving composite of  poetry, essay and visual art that boldly indicts America’s racial hypocrisy and sheds light on the tenuous relationships that exist between Black Americans and this country.

The program will Stream LIVE on zoom and our facebook page this coming Wednesday night, July 29th at 6:30pm.

“For Paradise”, by Elizabeth Webb, is a hybrid documentary about her great-grandmother, a legendary beauty named Paradise. The film traces the construction of racial identities within her family where members operate on both sides of the color line. The writer/director said this about her film, “The story of Paradise guides me through complicated family histories of migration and racial passing as I navigate the spaces where power can be found in absence and loss.”

Ms. Rankine opens each program herself, reading a passage from her work, followed by the film and then a LIVE talk back with the filmmaker, the audience and the founder of Creatively Speaking, Michelle Materre.

Register here for this film alone and/or for the entire series