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The Black Cinema Series"THE FIVE DEMANDS"

The Black Cinema Series


Screening and post-film discussion

Wednesday | May 17| Little Theatre 1

"...a captivating look at the student strike

that forever changed higher education.

As the United States faces the possible

rollback of affirmative action, the inspiring

tale of the CUNY student movement

is a powerful reminder of the value of

determination and united effort in

pursuing social justice."

- - Overly Honest Movie Reviews


The Black Cinema Series, a collaboration between Rochester Association of Black Journalists and the Little Theatre, presents "The Five Demands” at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in Little Theatre 1, Rochester, NY.

In 1969, a group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York. The dramatic, untold story of this strike shows that a handful of ordinary citizens can take action and bring about meaningful change, affecting the future of higher education forever.

Following "The Five Demands," there is a post-screening panel discussion. Audience questions welcome.

Tickets are available online in advance or at the box office the day of the screening. Doors open at 7:00 pm; film starts at 7:30 pm. in Little Theatre 1. The Little Café hours that evening are 5 to 9:30 pm.

For information on admissions or the film, go to

The Black Cinema Series, a collaboration between the Rochester Association of Black Journalists and the Little Theatre, was founded in February 2017 and the series is now in its sixth season,

The series screens both scripted and non-fiction films about the Black experience. With an emphasis on contemporary independent films, the series highlights Black perspectives and filmmakers, with screenings and panel discussions with community experts and filmmakers.

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists strives to ensure diversity in area media and accurate, balanced coverage of communities of color while serving as a resource for both established and aspiring communicators of African descent. The organization was founded in 2004. It was named the 2019 NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., Rochester, is the premier center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music for the Greater Rochester community. Through educational events, the Little Theatre provides local artists a place to share and discuss their visions.

By Kevin Bryant Hicks,

RABJ Black Cinema Series Committee


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