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A Raisin in the Sun


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A Raisin in the Sun

In honor of MLK Day, please join us for a screening of this timeless classic. Featuring star-making performances from the entire cast, including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Louis Gossett Jr., A Raisin in the Sun is the story of one black family’s desperate pursuit of the American dream. We follow the trials and tribulations of the Younger clan, an extended family sharing a small apartment in Chicago. Following the death of her husband, matriarch Lena “mama” Younger nervously anticipates the arrival of his life insurance check, hoping to use the money to purchase a home for herself and her family. Tension arises when she learns that her children, son Walter (Sidney Poitier) and daughter Beneatha (Diana Sands), have vastly different ideas about how the money should be spent. Adapted by Lorraine Hansberry from her own Pulitzer prize-winning play, Daniel Petrie’s film retains the restlessness and razor-sharp intensity of its source material and continues to inspire audiences, more than 50 years after its premiere. 


Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)


Reel Talk with Mia Mask
Monday, Jan. 15 2018, 5:30
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Mia Mask, Professor of Film at Vassar College, received her PhD from New York University. At Vassar Ms. Mask teaches African American cinema, documentary film history, seminars on special topics such as the horror film, and auteurs like Spike Lee.  She also teaches feminist film theory and African national cinemas. She is the author of Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film. Formerly an assistant editor at Cineaste magazine, she has written film reviews and covered festivals for, The Village Voice, Film Quarterly, and Time Out New York. She co-edited Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age.

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