Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25th, the Maysles Cinema will be hosting a free showing of Bury the Hatchet at the Jackie Robinson Park bandshell (located at 148th St. & Bradhurst Avenue). The documentary profiles the day-to-day struggles of Black Native American denizens of New Orleans as they attempt to maintain their unique heritage in the face of natural disaster, infighting, and socioeconomic strife. (The trailer can be viewed below.) The festivities begin at 7:30pm with the National Jazz Museum All-Stars performing an hour-long set inspired by the legendary musical stylings of New Orleanean jazz artists. Director Aaron C. Walker will be on hand to introduce his film, which is slated to begin at 8:30. Big Chief Alfred Doucette , around whom a great deal of the documentary is based, will also be present at the event.
The following night, on Thursday the 26th, Maysles will return to the Jackie Robinson Park bandshell to present a 7:30 screening of Sing Your Song ; an in-depth view of the life and political activism of the legendary entertainer and civil rights icon Harry Belafonte. The film will be introduced by Director Susanne Rostock and Producer Gina Belafonte – the daughter of it’s subject.
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