A documentary film about a courageous civil rights activist whose bravery led to his murder, and a heartfelt comedy starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen, are the featured films at the ‘Weekend Film Series’ on Sunday, July 15.
Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story will screen at 3 p.m., while Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, will screen at 5.15 p.m. Booker Wright was an African-American restaurant owner who also served double-duty as a waiter in a “whites-only” restaurant in the KKK stronghold of Greenwood, Mississippi in the 1960s.
When he appeared on a network TV documentary reporting on the changing times in his small town, he exploded the myth of who he was and his experience serving the white community. Booker’s stunning and heartfelt monologue set off a chain of events that eventually led to his murder.
Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story follows director Raymond De Felitta, whose father directed the original 1966 documentary, as he journeys through past and present-day Mississippi with Booker’s granddaughter, searching for details around Booker’s courageous life and shocking murder, while also exploring the impact the film had not only on the local community but also on Raymond’s father.
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding is a charming, crowd-pleasing comedy by two-time Academy Award®-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy). For uptight Manhattan lawyer Diane (Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener), crazy means driving her teenage son Jake (Nat Wolff) and daughter Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) to Woodstock to visit their grandmother Grace (Fonda). The crazy part is that the kids have never met Grace. In fact, Diane hasn’t spoken to her mother in 20 years.
Grace is the epitome of the term “hippie”: she stages protests and hootenannies in the town square, smokes (and sells) a lot of dope, and howls at the moon once a month with her goddess-worshipping girlfriends.
But what’s meant to be a weekend getaway turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self-discovery. Peace, Love and Misunderstanding is a heartfelt comedy and a story about second chances and the things that divide and reunite families.
Tickets, $15, can be purchased in the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 297-7314. The ‘Weekend Film Series’, sponsored by Gosling’s, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the BUEI.
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