In honor of Black History month, Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (ORUUC) and Oak Valley Baptist Church (OVBC) will partner to host a film series on Friday evenings in February. The selected films cover a wide range of African American stories and cultures. These events are free and open to the public. All events will begin with light refreshments at 6 pm with screenings starting promptly at 6:30.
The first two films will be screened in the ORUUC Social hall on February 3 and 10. The church is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike (near traffic light #2.)
On February 3 at ORUUC, the series will begin with the showing of “13th”, an American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The 2016 film is centered on race in the United States criminal justice system is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay argues that slavery is effectively perpetuated through mass incarnation.
On February 10 at ORUUC, “Hidden Colors 2”, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary will be shown. The film is about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment goes into topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the hidden truth about Native Americans, and much more.