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Black Cinema Series

The Last Tree

Screening and Panel Discussion

Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)

Standard ticket prices
Tickets available online in advance, or at the door.


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THE LAST TREE is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother.

In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.

Going back home to Nigeria with his mum to find his Nigerian roots will help adolescent Femi find grounding and hope for a better future.

“Thoughtfully alternates universal adolescent insecurities with urgently specific minority politics – filtered through a first-person perspective that itself oscillates between furious clarity and vivid confusion.” —Variety

98 mins  |  Drama  |  2019  |  English

  • Olaocha Nwadiuto Nwabara is an assistant professor of West African Literatures and Cultures in the Department of English as SUNY Geneseo. Her research examines global African cultural productions and cultural thought as African-centered artifacts and methods to correctively represent African realities and histories. Her current research focuses on global Nigerian cultural identities and cultural productions and the environments in which the authors write, and characters engage, considering how race, ethnicity, and gender play into defining self and community.
  • Pat Burks Patricia has over 30 years of working in the area of child welfare. She is an advocate for youth in and out of the foster care system. She retired after over 20 years of service from Children Awaiting Parents (CAP), Rochester N.Y. in 2018. She orchestrated several programs to bring awareness to waiting children of the Central Western New York area. She counts her major achievement of focusing the goals of CAP from becoming known as a recruitment service for youth in foster care to becoming the Donald Corbett Adoption Agency. After retirement her passion still remained for the plight of older children leaving the foster care system without connections for their next steps in life. She is now working with Family Focus Adoption Services, which is also nationally known for their placements and retention services for older children in the system and beyond. She works with the agency transition process directly with youth to focus on their futures in society.

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 indepedent films, the series highlights Black perspectives and filmmakers, with screenings and panel discussions with community experts and filmmakers.