The Black Cinema Series

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The Black Cinema Series

The Little Theatre is proud to announce The Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ).  The series celebrates both documentary and narrative expressions in black cinema with a curated film choice every month. To complement each film, The Little will host discussions led by RABJ members, local experts, community leaders, and filmmakers after each series screening.

Upcoming films for this Series


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Friday, December 28
Duration: 109m
Rating: PG
The Black Cinema Series closes 2018 with director Ava DuVernay's take on Madeleine L'Engle classic novel.  Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles...


Past films from this Series


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Dec 8, 2018
Duration: 69m
Rating: Not Rated
Back to Natural is a  69-minute documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr....


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Nov 30, 2018
Duration: 69m
Rating: Not Rated
Back to Natural is a  69-minute documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr....


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Sep 28, 2018
Duration: 95m
Rating: R
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.  He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers,...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Aug 10, 2018
Duration: 135m
Rating: R
Ends Thursday, September 13. From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jul 27, 2018
Duration: 115m
Rating: Not Rated
This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
May 18, 2018
Duration: 91m
Rating: Not Rated
Maynard Jackson Jr.  The first black Mayor of a major southern city, Atlanta. The Obama before Obama. In 1968 after the assassinations of MLK Jr. and Robert Kennedy, he announced his candidacy for...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Apr 27, 2018
Duration: 134m
Rating: PG-13
The Little is moving to Wakanda for a night. Dressing in your Wakanda wardrobe is encouraged! Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Mar 23, 2018
Duration: 91m
Rating: Not Rated
Mrs. Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.The hidden, epic story of sexual...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Feb 23, 2018
Duration: 65m
Rating: Not Rated
Ousmane Sembène, the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century, made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. A complex, layered critique on...


Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening
Jan 19, 2018
Duration: 60m
Rating: Not Rated
This FREE screening is part of The Black Cinema Series, a partnership with The Little and the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. At a time when women, people of color, and homosexuals were...