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UWM Union African American Film Series:
February 3 – February 23
Feb. 3, 6pm: Respect: Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career — from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom — it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
Feb. 4, 6pm: When Claude Got Shot follows three strangers – brought together by gun violence – to humanize, explore, and disrupt the narrative about so-called “Black-on-Black” crime in America. Part personal journey, part legal drama, the film illuminates systemic, societal issues relevant to the entire country from a deeply intimate, complex, and candid perspective.
Feb. 4, 9pm: Bush Mama is an unrelenting and powerfully moving look at the realities of inner-city poverty and systemic disenfranchisement of African Americans. The film follows Dorothy as she undergoes an ideological transformation from passive acceptance to being an agent of change. Ultimately uplifting, the film chronicles Dorothy’s awakening political consciousness and her assumption of her own self-worth.
Feb. 23, 6pm: King Richard Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on tennis courts in Compton, Calif., Richard shapes the girls’ unyielding commitment and keen intuition. Together, the Williams family defies seemingly insurmountable odds and the prevailing expectations laid before them.