The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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Filmvorführung mit einer Einführung von Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maria Sulimma und Studierenden der Universität Freiburg | Im Rahmen des Black History Month 2023

As a preview event for Black History Month, the Carl-Schurz-Haus will host a screening of the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019), co-organized with the participants of the seminar “African American Urbanism – From "Black Metropolis" to "We Own This City” taught by JProf. Dr. Maria Sulimma at the English Department of the University of Freiburg.

The Sundance award-winning film, written and directed by Joe Talbot and based on his friend Jimmie Fails’s real-life experiences, tells the story of gentrification greatly affecting black San Franciscans, one of home, belonging and friendship and the city's artists, oddballs and crumbling architecture. The plot centers on a regal Victorian house in San Francisco’s historic Fillmore district, supposedly built by Jimmie’s grandfather in 1946. When the house is vacated by its white, middle-class tenants, Jimmie becomes king of his empty castle, at home among its stained-glass windows, dusty library and abandoned games room. It’s a welcome change from the mattress he sleeps on in his friend Montgomery’s (Jonathan Majors) cramped bedroom in Hunters Point, a low-income neighbourhood built on toxic waste.

The screening will include a short introduction by Sarah Al Jufaily, Diego Contreras-Briones, Nicole Faller, Felicitas Fischer, Sophie Gerstner, and Maria Sulimma. The speakers will offer a framework for the movie by introducing different African American authors and thinkers and their “blackplacemaking” in US-American cities across different historical contexts and storytelling formats.

USA | 2019 | 121 min | Dir.: Joe Talbot | Omu
Eintritt frei
Veranstaltungssprache: Englisch
Mit: Englisches Seminar der Universität Freiburg

Do, 19.Jan.2023 um 19:00