The International Museum of Cultures is happy to present the first movie night of 2017. On Saturday, Jan. 28th, our year kicks off with the film The Great Debaters.
The Great Debaters is a film based on the true story of a debate team from Wiley College who were inspired by a professor, Melvin B. Thompson, to form the college’s first debate team, which would eventually go on to challenge the reigning champion debate team in a national championship.
“It is a dramatic film about a historical event of importance, African-American achievement. It’s a great story about human oppression and human victory. We need to remember these strides in racial justice,” Anne and Tim Perry explain.
“We have all been affected and infected by racism to a greater or lesser degree,” Anne said. “But it’s a curable disease.”
Anne and Tim hope to use these dinners to broaden audience perspective as well as encourage discussion.
“We started the film events because we believe that film is a medium that can promote meaningful discourse around important issues, as well as delight and entertain us,” Anne said.
For them, the best part of the movie nights are the people who attend and the questions the movie raises.
“We get to meet a lot of different people and we have discussions after the films that we really enjoy,” Tim said.
The movie will start at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28th. There will be no entrance fee, but donations are accepted. For more information on the event, visit http://internationalmuseumofcultures.org/events/international-culture-series-movie-the-great-debators/.
Information on the true story this movie is based on can be found here: http://www.humanitiestexas.org/news/articles/wiley-colleges-great-debaters
The movie imdb page can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427309/.