[Reader-list] [Announcements] Fwd: Nigah screens "Brother Outsider"
iram at sarai.net
Wed Aug 22 14:09:41 IST 2007
===============Announcement from Nigah=================
Nigah will be screening the feature documentary "Brother Outside, The
Life of Bayard Rustin", at 6:30 pm on August 25th, Saturday. The address
is 3, Windmill Place, Khidki, right next door to the Khoj Studios.
"Brother Outsider relies on archival film footage and interviews to
offer an incisive portrait of political activist Bayard Rustin. Although
his name lacks the familiarity of other major Civil Rights leaders, the
film shows that he nonetheless played a central role in the movement's
seminal events during the 1950s and '60s. He traveled to Montgomery in
1956 during the bus boycotts where he advised Martin Luther King on
non-violence, and served as the central organizer for the March on
Washington in 1963. Rustin's political liabilities, however, often kept
him out of the spotlight. He was a conscientious objector during World
War II and, for a short time, belonged to the Communist Party. More
problematic, however, was Rustin's homosexuality. His political enemies
used his sexual orientation to neutralize him, while his political
allies often shunned him because of it. Rustin also advocated for
nuclear non-proliferation, and traveled to the Algerian Sahara to
protest the first French nuclear test in 1960. Brother Outsider includes
ample footage of Rustin himself, adding an autobiographical aspect to
this feisty portrait."
See you there.
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