This year the 5-day Tallgrass Movie Festival in downtown Wichita celebrates its 15th year with a special six-movie Black Lives Matter Films Series and a Black Lives Matter panel discussion. The films and their showing times and dates are:
WHOSE STREETS? | Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m.| or Oct. 21, 9:45 a.m. both at Scottish Rite Center
“Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy.
BLACK COP | Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. | Roxy’s Downtown
It’s not easy being a black cop. Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you, and everyone assumes you hate NWA. And when the world is on edge waiting for a grand jury verdict on a high profile police case involving unarmed youth, you can bet all eyes are on you. For one black cop already struggling between duty and moral obligation, it only gets worse when he is profiled by his colleagues off-duty, nearly getting himself killed in the process – pushing him over the edge.
FOR AHKEEM | Oct. 20, 3:15 p.m. | Wichita Public Library | or Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m. | Ruffin Building Auditorium
After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself, despite challenges both personally and in society.
TRUE CONVICTION | Oct. 20, 12:15 p.m., | or Oct. 21, 3 p.m., Both at Wilke Family Center
There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by three exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them. True Conviction is a character-driven documentary that follows these change-makers as they rebuild their lives and families, learn to investigate cases, and work to support one another.
TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’ | Oct. 19, 11:15 a.m. | or Oct. 21, 5:15 p.m., | Both at Wilke Family Center
In June of 1964, hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi and started what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men — made up of musicians, college students and record collectors — also traveled to Mississippi. Though neither group was aware of the other, each had come on the same errand: to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement.
OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE | Oct. 22, 2:45 p.m., | Scottish Rite Center
“The 1936 Olympics remain one of the most iconic times of the 20th century. For Americans, the 1936 Games are inextricably linked to Jesse Owens. “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” reclaims the story of those 17 men and women who along with Jesse defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler and won hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin. These trailblazers who kicked open the door to a new society and are a seminal moment in the fight for equality.”
Black Lives Matter Panel |0ct. 20, 5 p.m., | Wichita Public Library CANDID CONVERSATIONS
Immediately following the film, FOR AHKEEM, film producers and directors will discuss how filmmakers have contributed and can be instrumental to the Black Lives Matter cause. Sponsored by the Wichita Public Library as part of their Candid Conversations Series.