The Black Film Institute is offering a three-month program of films and lectures at UDC's Miner Auditorium, 2565 Georgia Ave. NW. The free films and lectures are being sponsored by the Library and Media Services Division of the University of the District of Columbia.
The films are scheduled as follows:
Oct. 11 -- "Adam Clayton Powell." This documentary is based on interviews between the late congressman and New York television commentator Gil Noble. Powell was America's second black congressman since Reconstruction and pastor of the Harlem-based Abyssinian Baptist Church, reputed to have the largest black congregation in America. (60-mins.)
A short film by Chuck Stone, author of "King Strut," a biography of Powell, will follow.
Oct. 18 -- "The Price of a Union." Filmed in the Congo, this 1974 French film touches on the social structure of the African clan system, slavery, and the status of women. (70-mins., with English subtitles).
Film historian Pearl Bowser will be the guest speaker.
Oct. 25 -- "Minstrel Man." Originally broadcast in 1976 as a made-for-television film, this 75-minute drama focuses on the minstrel show brought to the American stage by whites in 1832.
Commentary by UDC English professor Andress Taylor will follow.
Nov. 1 -- "Short Eyes." The Tombs, the former New York City house of detention for men, is the backdrop of this social drama about prison society. (104 mins.)
"Crowded," a short film by Alonso Crawford, a local independent film-maker, will follow.
Nov. 8 -- "Odds Against Tommorrow." Harry Belafonte stars in this 1959 drama, which he also produced. (95 mins.)
Guest speaker will be John Killins, who wrote the screenplay for the film.
Nov. 15 -- "El Hajj Malik El Shabazz." Slain muslim leader Malcom X is the subject of this 1975 documentary, produced by Gil Noble for his "Like It Is" television program. (60-mins.)
Guest speaker is Gil Noble, producer of the film. "The Horse," a short film by black independent filmmaker Charles Burnett, will also be shown.
Nov. 29 -- "Black and White in Color." Set in colonial West Africa in 1914, the film tells the story of a small war between French and German colonialists who use black tribesmen as mercenaries. (91 mins.)
Guest speaker will be Ron Walters, professor of political science at Howard University.
Dec. 6 -- "Pressure." The film is the modern-day story of children in a West Indian family living in Great Britain during British black power movement of the 1970s. (110 mins.)
Guest speaker will be Andrew Salkey, Jamaican novelist, poet and professor of writing at Hampshire College, Amherst, Conn.
Dec. 13 -- "Amos n' Andy." The institute will show two programs from the 1950s network television series about blacks living in a fictitious Harlem neighborhood.
Guest speaker: Dr. Al-tony Gilmore, chairman of the Afro-American Studies Department of the University of Maryland. An animated Amos and Andy cartoon, "Rasslin Match," will also be shown.
In addition, the Black Film Institute will present a special series of film programs at the following senior citizen locations:
Oct. 16 -- East Capital Recreation, 5901 E. Capitol St. SE, at 2 p.m.
Oct. 17 -- Spring Road Center, 1125 Spring Road NW, at 12:30 p.m.
OCT. 23 -- Y.M.C.A., 4341 Benning Road NE, at 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 24 -- Fendell House, 2025 Fendell St. SE, at 12:30 p.m.