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Capri First Thursday Films: Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

Capri First Thursday Films: Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

Capri First Thursday Films: Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

Dir. Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson
96 min

Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM | Capri Theater

Capri Theater Address: 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Gethsemane Herron leads the conversation after the film, with MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice.

About the Film

"The trip to Mars can only be understood through Black Americans." Legendary poet Nikki Giovanni's revelation is a launching pad to an inspiring exploration of her life and legacy. Through a collision of memories, moments in American history, live readings of her poetry, and impressions of space, Giovanni urges us to imagine a future where Black women lead, and equity is a reality.

Directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson (American Promise, The Changing Same) craft a vision fit for the radical imagination of Nikki Giovanni. Present-day Giovanni reckons with the inevitable passing of time, while an evocative melding of vérité and archival images act as openings into her mindscape, transcending time and place. Brewster and Stephenson's approach is imaginative and dreamlike, akin to the way Giovanni's words are hair-raising in their power to summon unrealized ways of seeing. The Afro-futuristic lens honors Giovanni's complexity and transports us on a journey through Black liberation from the perspective of one of America's most acclaimed and beloved writers, a profound artist and activist. Next stop, Mars.

Tickets to First Thursday Films are free for Northside residents (zip codes 55411, 55412, 55430). Northsiders will be asked to submit their zip code information at the door or enter it as a promo code during checkout.


Be @ the movies! Noteworthy films with good conversation that follows each screening on the first Thursday of every month. The series is presented by MSP Film Society, the Capri Theater, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Film Details

Program: First Thursday Films @ the Capri
Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 96 min
Country/Region: USA
Rating: NR
Language: English
Print Source: Rada Studios
Tags: Documentary


Director: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson