“Africa’s Daughters” and “Equilibrium City,” movies that take viewers far away and close to home, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, as part of the NPC summer film series.
“Africa’s Daughters,” a film by broadcast journalist Natalie Halpern, captures the journey of two Ugandan girls with one big dream: to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. To do that they must challenge cultural traditions and graduate high school, something nearly impossible for most African girls. The half-hour film begins at 7 p.m., followed with a filmmaker question-and-answer session until 8 p.m.
“Equilibrium City” tells the story of Baltimore developer Jim Rouse and his vision to bring racial equality to America during the height of the civil rights era by building “a new kind of city,” which became Columbia, Md.
Told through the eyes of early residents like Michael Chabon (Pulitzer Prize-winning author and “Spiderman 2″ screenwriter), the film explores how despite death threats, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and extreme racial unrest in the 1960s, Rouse built a city open to all Americans regardless of race, color, or creed. Columbia resident Josef Sawyer completed the film as his graduate thesis project while attending the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. The film starts at 8 p.m., with the Q&A ending at 9 p.m.
Free for all who attend. Reservations at 202-662-7501 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Questions about the series may be directed to Press Club Events Committee members Matt Spangler at email@example.com or Alan Bjerga at firstname.lastname@example.org .