Sharing the Stories Film Festival, program two | Chicago Reader

Sharing the Stories Film Festival, program two

A daylong free screening of HBO-produced films, presented in honor of Black History Month. Based on the Ernest J. Gaines novel, A Lesson Before Dying (1999, 105 min.) stars Mekhi Phifer as a condemned man and Don Cheadle as a local schoolteacher who counsels him; Joseph Sargent directed. Martha Coolidge's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999, 120 min.) stars Halle Berry as Dandridge, the actress who starred in Carmen Jones. In Gina Prince's Disappearing Acts (2000, 115 min.), based on the Terry McMillan novel, a teacher (Sanaa Lathan) and a construction worker (Wesley Snipes) try to negotiate a stormy relationship. And Jeffrey Wright plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Clark Johnson's docudrama Boycott (2000, 118 min.), about the Montgomery bus boycott.

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