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Release: Jan. 24, 2001

Moderated panel addresses controversial movie 'Bamboozled'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 will host an open discussion of the movie "Bamboozled," a controversial film that received mix reviews for its caustic satire about racism in American media. The film, produced by writer, director Spike Lee, will be shown at various times at the Bijou in the Iowa Memorial Union Jan. 25—31.

The forum, "African Americans in the Movies," is open to the public and is in the Indiana Room (Room 346) of the Iowa Memorial Union. The forum will include panel members Corey Creekmur, professor of cinema and comparative literature in the College of Liberal Arts; Susan Mask, director of the Office of Affirmative Action; Evita Castine, NABJ president; and Ross Wilburn, Iowa City councilman. Courtney Ann Becks, NABJ treasurer and American Studies graduate student will moderate the panel.

Becks said the purpose of the forum is to engage members of the university community in frank talk about the film's intent and its messages. She says the forum is an appropriate prelude to Black History month, which begins in February.

Showings of "Bamboozled" will take place at 7 p.m. on each of the following dates: Jan. 25, 27, 29 and 31; and at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 28, and 30. Tickets are available for $5 at the IMU Box Office. For more information about ticket sales, contact the IMU Box Office at (319) 335-0341.

For more information about the forum, contact Courtney Ann Becks at aliceodessa@hotmail.com