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Release: Jan. 18, 2000

Four-part film series tells America's journey through slavery

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Africans America," a four-part film series depicting America's journey through slavery will be shown free for a public audience, beginning at noon Thursday, Jan. 20 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union Miller Room.

The film series is planned in recognition of Human Rights Week 2000, (Jan. 16 – 23) a week-long program that promotes social change and is being held in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, recognized this year on Jan. 17.

For four successive weeks, a film that the film's producers say "exposes the truth [about slavery] through surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography and riveting first-person accounts" will be shown. A panel discussion follows one week after the showing of the last film.

"Africans in America" helps define the reality of slavery's past…it examines the parallels and conflicts inherent in this country's struggle for independence at a time that slavery, a complex institution flourished…"

The Office of Affirmative Action, the UI Diversity Committee, the department of history and the African-American World Studies Program are sponsoring the showings. All film series showings listed below and discussions will take place in the IMU Miller Room (Room 259) from noon to 1:30 p.m.:

-- "The Terrible Transformation 1450 - 1750," Thursday, Jan. 20

-- "Revolution 1750 - 1805," Thursday, Jan. 27

-- "Brotherly Love," 1791 – 1831," Thursday, Feb. 3

-- "Judgment Day," 1831 – 1865," Thursday Feb. 10

-- Panel discussion of film series and the impact of slavery on America, Thursday, Feb. 17

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action, 335-0705 or 335-0967 (text).