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The history of the African-American Cinema is a harsh timeline of racism, repression and struggle contrasted with film scenes of boundless joy, hope and artistic spirit. The Rhode Island Black Film Festival serves as a platform to showcase the rich history and culture of people of African descent in film, the arts and music. The screening of BONNIE BLUE JAMES COTTON LIFE IN THE BLUES is in the tradition of screening feature,. Short and documentary films that capture the contributions and the black experience. Bonnie Blue is screening Sunday, April 23, 12:30 pm 

In the Stephen Robert Hall, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, 280 Brook Street in Providence on the Brown University Campus. 

Filmmakers James Montgomery and Judy Lasiter will discuss the film following the screening. the Brown University Campus. The Film Festival is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors including the Rhode Island Foundation, Brown University Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED). For additional information go to the Rhode Island Black FIlm Festival Website,