To Kick Off A Series Of Screenings This February “As part of our continuing commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War we are partnering with Urban Film Review to present a series of documentaries at the Atlanta Cyclorama beginning on February 26,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “The documentaries we’re screening will be both entertaining and educational, covering a range of subjects from cultural expression and racial identity to labor and civil rights. After each film we’ll engage the audience in an open discussion. These screenings are free and open to the public, so make plans to join us!”
Here are the first three films in the series:
Many Steps onThursday, February 26 at 7 pm
Long known to be an important component of African American Greek life, stepping is part of a much larger historical and cultural context. Borrowing from the precision and drill-like elements of their military training, African American veterans of WWI integrated these techniques with the more percussive elements of African foot dancing and, later, the smooth moves of contemporary R&B groups like the Temptations. Present-day stepping is an amalgam of African, African American, and military movement, and it has inspired other cultures to create their own versions of stepping; particularly Latino Greek organizations. Many Steps retraces the history and evolution of this cultural phenomenon.
Part 3 on Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm
The division of the world’s peoples into distinct “races” (black, red, yellow, white) is so entrenched in our way of thinking that to suggest otherwise borders on the insane. However, that is exactly what this film does.
Race: The Power of an Illusion prompts us to question the validity of race as a biological fact. This documentary explores the science of race and challenges long-held assumptions that human diversity can be lumped into a few paltry categories.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921 and contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. Tours of the Cyclorama take place Tuesday through Saturday throughout the day, and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events in the painting. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, soldiers’ personal items, maps and other artifacts.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For general information, and more details about this year’s special events, visit our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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