See films for free at Black History Month Film Festival through February

January 28, 2013 

A Black History Month Film Festival begins with a screening of "Dreamgirls" Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Columbus Public Library. Films will be shown all month at various Chattahoochee Valley libraries. All screenings are free.

Here's the schedule:


When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: Columbus Public Library Auditorium

Rated: PG-13

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers goes from just a group with talent to being a crossover hit on the pop charts in the early '60s. The friendship of the three girls from Chicago is put to the test when they are faced with the pressure of money, fame and adulation.

'In the Heat of the Night'

When: 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4

Where: Columbus Public Library Auditorium

Not Rated

A fascinating look at the strained relationship between a racist Southern cop and a black detective from Philadelphia who are involved in the same murder case. Norman Jewison's film was one of the first to explore the sensitive issue of the color line in the South. In The Heat of the Night is a tense, taut, entertaining thriller.

Tyler Perry's 'Why Did I Get Married?'

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Where: North Columbus Public Library, large conference room

Rated: PG-13

The big screen adaptation of Perry's stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a young temptress arrives on the scene.

'Do the Right Thing'

When: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13

Where: Parks Memorial Public Library

Rated: R

Spike Lee uses film to expose the absurdity of racism. "Do the Right Thing" moves its cast of characters through a minefield of sensations over the course of the hottest day of the year, on one block in a Brooklyn neighborhood. This 24-hour period changes the lives of its residents forever.


When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16

Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library, Alpha Kappa alpha Room.

Rated: PG.

The film tells the real-life story of Jim Ellis, an African American swim coach who starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation in the 1970s.

'The Color Purple'

When: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22

Where: North Columbus Public Library, large conference room

Rated: PG-13.

Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning book is brought to the big screen by Steven Spielberg. This tale of uneducated Georgian Celie Harris (Whoopi Goldberg) helps bring to life the vibrancy and pain of life for African-Americans at the turn of the twentieth century.

'He Got Game'

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

Where: Columbus Public Library Auditorium

Rated: R.

Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington), a man doing time for killing his wife, is temporarily paroled with the promise of a commuted sentence if he can persuade his estranged son -- the number one high school basketball player in America -- to sign with the Governor's alma mater instead of going pro.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

When: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

Where: North Columbus Public Library, Large Conference Room


Matt and Christina Drayton (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black (Sidney Poitier). This 1968 classic helped a nation struggling with civil rights learn tolerance and respect.

Tyler Perry's 'Good Deeds'

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library, Alpha Kappa Alpha Room

Rated: PG-13

Successful businessman Wesley Deeds always does what is expected of him. He runs his father's company and is planning to marry the beautiful but restless Natalie when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office. His offers to help her get back on her feet might help him discover what he really wants in his life.

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