Be @ the movies! Noteworthy films with good conversation to follow screened at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway in North Minneapolis. Tickets are available for $5 in advance online or at the door night of the show. Free parking!
First Thursday Films @ the Capri is presented as part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by Black filmmakers and exploring Black culture and experience. Topical and relevant in these turbulent times, Black Cinema aims to create a space for dialogue and better understanding.
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12 Years a Slave
Director: Steve McQueen | Narrative | 2013 | Country: USA | Language: English
Thursday, July 7, 7:00pm
The incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. After being abducted and sold into slavery, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – a free black man from upstate New York – struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity in the face of cruelty inflicted by a malevolent slave owner (Michael Fassbender).
Director: Michael Schultz | Narrative | 1978 | Country: USA | Language: English
Thursday, August 4, 7:00pm
Featuring outrageously hilarious performances by George Carlin, “Professor” Irwin Corey, The Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor as Daddy Rich, a flamboyant Reverend who preaches the goodness of the dollar, Car Wash is a timeless classic celebrating an era devoted to living life in the fast lane.
Middle of Nowhere
Director: Ava DuVernay | Narrative | 2012 | Country: United States | Language: English
Thursday, September 1, 7:00pm
Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere chronicles a woman’s separation from her incarcerated husband and the journey to maintain her marriage and her identity amidst crisis and chaos.
Dear White People
Director: Justin Simien | Narrative | 2014 | Country: USA | Language: English
Thursday, October 6, 7:00pm
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama that follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college.
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks
Director: Craig Laurence Rice | Documentary | 2000 | Country: USA | Language: English
Thursday, November 3, 7:00pm
Local filmmaker Craig Laurence Rice’s documentary offers an intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks, a true Renaissance man who has excelled as a photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician and filmmaker.
Daughters of the Dust
Director: Julie Dash | Narrative | 1991 | Country: USA, UK | Language: English
Thursday, December 1, 7:00pm
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multigenerational family in the Gullah community in the Sea Islands off of South Carolina struggles to compromise between the views of the Americanized sisters who view their homeland’s way of living as backwards, and family elder who embodies the traditions and folklore of their African roots.