Finger Lakes Film Trail Race Films/Race Matters

In recognition of Black History Month, Finger Lakes Film Trail invites you to celebrate with Race Films/Race Matters: Starting Conversations About Race in America, our popular film and lecture series produced in 2021. The series is FREE! The Finger Lakes Film Trail thanks Humanities New York for its support of the FLFT and its programs.

To appreciate where we are today in terms of racial relations and civil rights, we—as individuals, as a community, and as a nation—must have a better understanding of how, historically, we got here.

Race Films/Race Matters is an attempt to do just that: to use race films as a starting point for necessary, informative, and provocative conversations about race, racial tension, and racial discrimination in America today.

What are “race films”?

Produced from the 1910s until the early 1940s, race films were created largely by black film companies for black audiences. Unlike mainstream films, they starred black actors and emphasized black-oriented issues and themes.

Lecture + Film + Conversation

Race Films/Race Matters invites you to explore historic racial, social, and cultural dynamics through the unique lens of race films.

You can access the program series in various ways: by opting to listen to just one lecture and then viewing the corresponding film, or by enjoying the entire six-lecture/five-film program series. Either way, the experience will be enriching.

The insights and ideas that the lecturers offer will create a context for the various films, while the follow-up discussion questions provided on the website will encourage you, independently or through group discussion, to expand your own ideas about the significance of race and culture.


Feb 01 - 28 2023

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