Black Film Festival

    The Tucson Black Film Club presents the Black Film Festival
    Theme: Place, Belonging and Ownership
    “Nearly everyone wants a place to belong to, a center where there is an opportunity to build and grow.  The Tucson Black Film Club addresses the issue of Place, Belonging and Ownership at it upcoming Black Film Festival to be held Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11-5 p.m. at the Dunbar Cultural Center.   
    A panel of experts will discuss gentrification and segregation in Tucson and on a national level as it screens Rosewood, the 1997 American historical fiction drama film directed by John Singleton.  Based on a true story, it depicts the storming of a black town by a lynch mob and the town’s destruction.   Home ownership during the eras of segregation and contemporary gentrification, both in Tucson and nationally will take a primary focus. The festival also includes an excerpt from the only documentary about Blacks in Arizona. A lively discussion will follow the screenings. 
    There is no charge for screenings and everyone is welcome.  Light refreshments will be served. Contact Debi Chess Mabie at (847) 312-9982 for more information.”
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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