When: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
7-8:45pm (Eastern Time, US and Canada) plus Live Q&A with the Director
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African American Culture • American Studies • Education • Music • Sociology • Youth
Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 95 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Guide for Youth Educators and Parents | Directors: Marlon Johnson & Anne Flatté | Producers: Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Marlon Johnson
RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT is a powerful story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South. Edward "Nardie" White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors. Now Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, must take up the mantle for the next generation. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes. RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and youth making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.
Please note that the film screening will be held through Zoom Video Conferencing, and we will provide the link for independent viewing. After the film (1 hr 35 min), rejoin us via Zoom for the live discussion and Q/A with director, Marlon Johnson.