JAMES BALDWIN: The Price of the Ticket
Tuesday, February 7th – 7PM
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh 15212
A Co-Presentation of
Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival & City of Asylum
This event is free but you must RSVP
Synopsis (Courtesy of California Newsreel)
James Baldwin (1924-1987) was at once a major twentieth century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, Black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy. James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket captures on film the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man who was born black, impoverished, gay and gifted.
Writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and others, and biographer David Leeming place Baldwin’s work in the African-American literary tradition – from slave narratives and black preaching to their own contemporary work. The film skillfully links excerpts from Baldwin’s major books – Go Tell it on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, Blues for Mister Charlie, If Beale Street Could Talk – to different stages in Black-white dialogue and conflict.