Join for a screening and discussion of the 2021 documentary ‘Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are)!
Urgent and complex, Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are) travels across the United States, exploring how Americans tell the story of their Civil War. Filmed from the last year of Obama’s presidency through the present, it interweaves insightful scenes and touching interviews filmed North and South, painting a uniquely crafted, multi-faceted portrait of the American psyche and the deep roots of its turbulent times. With delicacy and strength, subtlety and determination, Civil War lays bare a nation in denial, haunted by an embittered past and the stories it refuses to tell.
Time and Date
Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 – 7:30pm EDT
Charleston County Public Library – Otranto Road Library in the Otranto – Community Room
“The AfroSouth Film Festival is a new festival in historic Charleston, South Carolina. This unique festival focuses on filmmakers, their creative spirit and their sources of inspiration around the lowcountry. AfroSouth extends beyond screenings to theaters with interactive panels, workshops, youth programs, music and networking opportunities.”
The Festival takes great pride in going the extra mile to provide Festival Sponsors one-of-a- kind opportunities to personalize and “own” a key element of the Festival while celebrating true southern culture, in the elegant branding environment that is Charleston, SC.
The Festival is infused with the creative spirit and multi-ethnic culture of the town that is reflected in its stunning architecture, robust fine and folk arts scene, Gullah and Low Country, cuisine and the essence of Southern hospitality.
We focus on filmmakers and experience their work through personal points of inspiration. The AfroSouth Film Festival extends beyond screenings in theaters to panels, workshops, youth programs, music and opportunities for meeting and sharing ideas.
Over the past year, Smithsonian readers like you have joined us for virtual live events. Together, we have explored the nation’s history, its triumphs as well as its failings. In our next event, we are turning our attention to powerful stories of resistance—moments when enslaved people acted in defiance—that represent an essential chapter in American history.
Join us for a unique online event featuring a discussion with Smithsonian scholars as well as segments of the just-released Smithsonian Channel documentary series, “One Thousand Years of Slavery.” You’ll gain historical insights from Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture curators Mary Elliott and Paul Gardullo. You’ll also view clips from the television series, which was executive produced by Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett, and field producer Najma Nuriddin will share behind-the-scenes perspective on how the documentary came together.
You’ll also have a chance to ask your own questions about these vitally important parts of the history of slavery in a Q&A; CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett will moderate the conversation and pose your queries to our panel of experts.
For Black History Month, join us online on Monday, February 28, at 7 p.m. EST for an evening filled with learning and history.
South Carolina ETV (SCETV) will be premiering a new hour-long documentary film on October 1 entitled “Gullah Roots.” Follow members of the South Carolina, Florida and Georgia Gullah Geechee community as they experience a homecoming in Sierra Leone. You can also join community members to celebrate the debut of this project at a film screening event on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Highway 21 Drive-In, located at 55 Parker Drive in Beaufort, S.C. The event is open to the public. Additional information and a registration link can be found on Eventbrite.
The trip to Sierra Leone took place last winter and included Gullah Geechee scholars, performers and cultural ambassadors, such as Anita Singleton Prather, also known as Aunt Pearlie Sue of the Gullah Kinfolk, and Ron and Natalie Daise, as well as Victoria Smalls, a commissioner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. While touring the country, members of the group noted powerful connections between Sierra Leone and the Gullah Geechee people.
In addition to its premiere on Oct. 1, Gullah Roots will also be airing on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. on ETV World and Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel.