African American Film Series: Imitation of Life

February 16, 2019 2:00 PM to February 16, 2019 4:00PM

The Miller Annex - 223 Cherry Street, Helena-West Helena Arkansas

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"Imitation of Life is a 1959 romantic drama dealing with the difficult issues of race, class and gender. It is the second film in a special series of films selected by the Delta Cultural Center to be showcased during the month of February, in celebration of African American Culture and its influence on the film and entertainment industry. 

Set in 1947, this American classic, begins when down-on-her-luck and aspiring actress Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) with her young daughter, Susie, meet a homeless Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) and her daughter Sarah Jane during an outing at New York's Coney Island. Annie is desperate for a place to live and offers to work as Lora's maid for food and lodging. Soon they share a tiny apartment. 

During the highly charged days of segregation and America's Jim Crow Laws, Annie's real problems begin when her daughter, Sarah Jane, who is a light-skinned black girl, spends most of her time trying to pass as white, much to her mother's heartache and shame. And, yes, the plot thickens as the girls enter adolescence and their young adult years.

Most who come out to this screening will appreciate seeing the late, great gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, in a brief appearance as a choir soloist as she sings the old school spiritual, "Trouble of this World." Don't forget to bring plenty of kleenex! This film received the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and Best Motion Picture (1960). 

Admission is free. For more information contact Richard Spilman, DCC education coordinator at 870.338.4350, or [email protected]

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