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Fort Steuben to host a film fest

February 14, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Labelle Neighbors Who Care again will sponsor a Black History Film Festival at Historic Fort Steuben from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the family-friendly films, the day will include awards to the winners of the Black History Month essay contest, as well as a special "Taste of Africa" featuring unique cuisine from the continent and a guest speaker who will share African culture.

Movies to be shown include "Stories from the Black Tradition," "Hidden Colors" and "Africa."

"Stories From the Black Tradition" features James Earl Jones reading a quintet of inspirational tales, each of which has won a Caldecott award. The stories are Gail E. Haley's "A Story," John Steptoe's "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter," Ann Grifalconi's "The Village of Round and Square Houses" and Ezra Jack Keats's "Goggles!"

"Hidden Colors" is a documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. Traveling around the country, the film features scholars, historians and social commentators who uncovered such amazing facts about things such as the original image of Christ; the true story about the Moors; the original people of Asia; the great West African empires; the presence of Africans in America before Columbus; the real reason slavery was ended; and more.

Excerpts from the documentary film series "Africa" by Basil Davidson give an informative view of how equality and trade among the races gave way to Europe's lust for gold, natural resources and free human labor, leading to the colonization of a continent.

Historic Fort Steuben is at 120 S. Third St. For information, call (740) 346-9925.

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