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CAAMA hosts free public screenings of a wide array of films—nationally premiering works from first-run studios, independent films, restored classic works, hard-to-find restored films, and works from the Museum’s permanent collection. Sometimes followed by post-screening discussions, the works are screened in the 350-seat, state-of-the-art Oprah Winfrey Theater on the concourse level of the Museum.

Screening Highlights

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Say Amen, Somebody

On May 23, 2019 the Museum premiered the newly restored and preserved documentary, “Say Amen, Somebody” (1983). The critically acclaimed film documents the lives and music of the pioneers of modern gospel and features interviews and performances by renowned musicians, including: Willie Mae Ford Smith and Thomas A. Dorsey. The premiere was followed by a discussion between director George Nierenberg, gospel singer Zella Jackson Price, and museum curators Eric Williams and Rhea L. Combs.
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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

The Museum screened the critically acclaimed documentary “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” (2015) on March 19, 2017. The film explores the life of legendary poet Sonia Sanchez and her extraordinary work as both an activist and artist. Following the film, Sanchez participated in a discussion with filmmakers Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.
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On October 25, 2016, the Museum showed “Moonlight,” which explores the childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood of an African American man as he grapples with his identity and sexuality growing up in inner-city Miami. Director of CAAMA, Dr. Rhea Combs led a post-screening discussion with screenwriter and director Barry Jenkins, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, cast members TreVante Rhodes, Naomi Harris, Andre Holland, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Past Screenings

  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (June 27, 2020)
  • Say Amen, Somebody (May 23, 2019)
  • Mr. Soul, Soul!- Co-presented with AFI (June 16, 2018) 
  • 1968 (May 22, 2018) 
  • King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis- Co-presented with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (January 15, 2018)
  • Wild Style (April 9, 2017)
  • Enter the Dragon (April 2, 2017)
  • BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez (March 9, 2017) 
  • I Am Not Your Negro (February 1, 2017) 
  • Hidden Figures (December 19, 2016) 
  • Fences (December 6, 2016)
  • 13th (November 11, 2016) 
  • Moonlight (October 25, 2016) 
  • Underground (September 26, 2016) 
  • Ashes and Embers (February 27, 2016) 
  • Loving (January 17, 2012)

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