CF Summer Film Festival: Why Can’t We Live Together?

2017 CF Summer Film Festival: Why Can’t We Live Together?
Generously sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery
Phoenix Art Museum – Whiteman Hall
June – September

This year’s theme, Why Can’t We Live Together, presents a diverse range of films exploring our present moment of conflict, addressing narratives of differences and resentment as well as hope and beauty.  The films in this year’s series were chosen in an effort to make sense of our common humanity.

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm
The Great Dictator

In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona.  Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomainian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him.  Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting turns, The Great Dictator, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.’s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin’s famously impassioned speech.
Rated G, 125 Minutes
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Wednesday, July 19, 6:30pm
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are unforgettable as perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage.  Joanna, the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton and his patrician wife Christina, returns home with her new fiancé, John Prentice, a distinguished black doctor.  Christina accepts her daughter’s decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor’s parents are equally dismayed.  Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other’s level of intolerance.  In Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, director Stanley Kramer has created a masterful study of society’s prejudices.
Not Rated, 107 Minutes
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Wednesday, August 16, 6:30pm
To Die in Jerusalem

Ever since seventeen-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail has never found peace.  Levy’s killer was Ayat al-Akhras, also seventeen, a schoolgirl from a Palestinian refugee camp several miles away.  The two young women looked unbelievably alike.  To Die in Jerusalem unabashedly explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families, culminating in an emotionally charged meeting between the mothers of the girls – reflecting the conflict as seen through their eyes.  But some emotional chasms are too large to cross.
Not Rated, 76 Minutes
Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew
English subtitles
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Wednesday, September 27, 6:30pm
I Am Not Your Negro

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.  The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material.  I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.  It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.  And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity
93 Minutes
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