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This month's film is Shaft

While the Black Power movement was reshaping America, trailblazing director Gordon Parks made this groundbreaking blockbuster, which helped launch the blaxploitation era and introduced a new kind of badder-than-bad action hero in John Shaft (Richard Roundtree, in a career-defining role), a streetwise New York City private eye who is as tough with criminals as he is tender with his lovers. After Shaft is recruited to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Harlem mob boss from Italian gangsters, he finds himself in the middle of a rapidly escalating uptown vs. downtown turf war. A vivid time capsule of gritty seventies Manhattan that has inspired sequels and multimedia reboots galore, the original Shaft is studded with indelible elements—from Roundtree’s sleek leather fashions to the iconic funk and soul score by Isaac Hayes.

The Black Is Beautiful Film Series is curated and hosted by poet Rajnii Eddins.  The series features monthly films by Black film directors.  The films range from the well-known Hollywood blockbusters to award-winning independent films.  Please join us for an afternoon of entertaining and engaging movies!  

Date: 
June 8, 2024 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.