FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2008
October 29, 2008
A feature film about screened in Richmond
Community strength, love and unity are reality in the realm of Kwanzaa. On Saturday, November 29, 2008 at the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, the Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective will sponsor a screening of the first feature film on Kwanzaa, the Black Candle. Narrated by world renowned poet Maya Angelou, the Black Candle has received enthusiastic response from thousands of viewers around the world.
Award-winning author, filmmaker and college professor M.K. Asante, Jr., who the Philadelphia Inquirer calls “a rare and remarkable talent”, will be on hand to discuss the Black Candle, which was filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. The feature film is a timely illumination on why the seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith) are so important to African-Americans today. More than 40 million African-American and Pan-African people participate in Kwanzaa as a reflection and celebration of the past, present and future.
The Black Candle screening is a fundraiser for the Fourth Annual Kwanzaa Karamu (festivity and call for greater unity). Refreshments will be served for the screening meet and greet at 4:00PM, and the Black Candle will be shown promptly at 4:30PM. General admission is $7. The cost for students, elders over 55 and children (6-13 years old) is $5. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the East District Family Resource Center located at 2405 Jefferson Ave in Churchill, Mr. G’s Body & Soul at 2nd & Marshall Streets (323 N. 2nd Street) downtown, and at the door. The Baptist General Convention of Virginia is located at 1214 West Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220 (next to ).
The Black Candle is a production of Asante Filmworx, an award-winning film production company that co-produced the internationally-acclaimed documentary 500 Years Later, winner of five international awards including the Breaking the Chains award from UNESCO. The official movie website for the Black Candle is http://www.theblackcandle.com .