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LHAAFF:Images From the Old & New South
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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Thank you for your interest in this event! While this screening is over, there are many other exciting LHAAFF events to enjoy during the week of April 22-30, 2006. We also host monthly screenings in our Underground Railroad traveling film series during the rest of the year -- part of an ongoing effort to build community across the aisle. Please visit our website,, for schedule information.


LHAAFF:Images From the Old & New South
Sunday Matinee: April 23. This program includes the short films: LETTERS FROM MOUND BAYOU and THAT BASTARD RACE and the feature length documentary film DESIRE.

- LETTERS FROM MOUND BAYOU: THE STORY OF SISTER MARY STELLA SIMPSON  (USA) Director: Betsy Cox. Produced by Video Action, Washington D.C. Sister Mary Stella, a midwife in the 1960s who pioneered changes in family health care in a rural town in Mississippi, returns to Mound Bayou thirty years later. Letters, photographs and live action sequences poignantly tell the story of her return. 8 minutes.

- THAT BASTARD RACE  (USA): Director:Lolita Stewart-White. That Bastard Race is a visual interpretation of the Langston Hughes poem, CHRIST IN ALABAMA. The film is recited by Stewart-White in its entirety at the beginning of the film. She then proceeds to eliminate words and reduce the poem to its powerful essence. The film refers to the Civil War, slavery, domination, and white supremacy through images depicting lynching and oppression. Stewart-White and her partner Cheryl Whitehead filmed That Bastard Race in the Little Haiti section of Miami, in an old abandoned house resembling the antebellum houses of the South. The grainy- soft-focus black and white film contrasts reality and fantasy. The words are hard and startling while the dancers seem to belong to their won dream world. Stewart-White further blurs fact and fiction in her film by fabricating the photographs documenting racial injustice.  5 minutes.

-  DESIRE  (USA) : Director: Julie Gustafson. Nearly a decade in the making, this refreshingly honest film documents the challenges and desires of a group of young women in New Orleans by letting them film their own stories. As this diverse group of young women: two teenagers from the Desire housing projects, a single mother from the working-class suburb of Belle Chase across the river, and two girls from the most prestigious private high school in New Orleans -- make short films about their own desires, this provocative film records the intimate dramas of their changing lives.

Sensitively and intelligently interweaving the girls' short videos throughout the film's narrative, Desire pivots around the intimacy and risk that the two generations of filmmakers share together and with the audience. Addressing everything from sex and contraception to the impact of educational and material opportunities on their futures as women, Desire presents a nuanced and authentic look at modern young womanhood. 84 minutes.



Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144
United States

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