Black Cinema Series
DRESSED LIKE KINGS
Screening and Panel Discussion
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022
Doors at 7:00pm
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)
ABOUT THE FILM
The short film DRESSED LIKE KINGS presents a compelling glimpse into a South African sub-culture unknown to most Westerners – oswenka (to swank) – a tradition where men don their finest apparel for the weekly title of “Best Dressed” and for a greater sense of self-worth. As the contestants discuss the allure of the pageant and its origins, viewers soon learn that the tradition may soon face extinction as its followers face exorbitant prices and waning interest from younger generations.
22 mins | Documentary | 2007 | USA
English and Zulu | Not Rated
Directed by Stacey L. Holman
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Little Theatre’s Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ), screens both scripted and non-fiction films about the Black experience. With an emphasis on contemporary independent films, the series highlights Black perspectives and filmmakers, with screenings and panel discussions with community experts and filmmakers. More details
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Stacey L. Holman is a Harlem-based filmmaker who’s directed/produced several award-winning projects including episode three of the 2018 PBS series Reconstruction: America After the Civil War hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She was a producer on the critically acclaimed documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities and served as Associate Producer on the Emmy award-winning film Freedom Riders produced/directed by Stanley Nelson. Additionally, Stacey was Coordinating Producer for Nelson’s Peabody Award-winning documentary Freedom Summer, and she was Co-Producer on Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band.
- Nita Brown, a native of Ghana and fashion designer/owner of MansaWear, a Park Avenue boutique that features Ghanaian-inspired custom-made clothing.