Still from “63 Boycott”

The Black Cinema House is pleased to partner with Chicago documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films to present three of their classic films about segregation in Chicago, along with an exclusive sneak preview of 63 Boycott, their in-progress film about the 1963 boycott of Chicago Public Schools by thousands of African American parents and students. And we’re especially pleased to be showing these films at the Chicago Public Library’s Greater Grand Crossing branch at 73rd and Ellis.

Filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Peter Kuttner, and other members of Kartemquin will be present for a discussion moderated by the Chicago Reader‘s Steve Bogira.

Monday, December 17 at 6pm
Chicago Public Library
Greater Grand Crossing Branch
1000 E. 73rd Street (73rd and Ellis)

The Films:
UE/Wells (1975, 15 min.)
UE/Wells follows an organizing drive by the United Electrical Workers Union at the Wells Foundry in Chicago. The multi-ethnic work force of Polish, Arab, Jewish, Hispanic and African American men and women unite together despite the company’s efforts to use race as a wedge to divide them.

Winnie Wright, Age 11 (1974, 26 min.)
Winnie, the daughter of a steel worker and a teacher, lives in Gage Park, a Chicago neighborhood that is changing from white to black. Her family struggles with racism, inflation and a threatened strike, as Winnie learns what it means to grow up white, working class, and female.

Trick Bag (1974, 21 min.)
Gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers from Chicago’s neighborhoods tell of their personal experience with racism—who gets hurt and who profits.

Exclusive preview of 63 Boycott (2013)
63 Boycott chronicles the Chicago School boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly CPS students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed aluminum mobile school units on vacant lots as a permanent solution to overcrowding in black schools.

Remember, this screening is at the Chicago Public Library, 73rd and Ellis, not at the Black Cinema House. This is a free public screening, and there’s no way to reserve a seat, so make sure to get there early!

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About Kartemquin
Founded in 1966 to produce documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people, Kartemquin Films serves as a home for independent media makers who seek to create social change through film. This Chicago-based documentary powerhouse has won every major critical and journalistic prize, including an Emmy, a Peabody and an Oscar nomination. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story structure and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by effective audience engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.