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'Black Art: In the Absence of Light' is the next offering for a monthlong Black film festival

A series of free films showcasing Black history continues Saturday, Feb 10.

Next up is a documentary titled, “Black Art: In the Absence of Light.”

“It’s inspired by the work of the late African American artist and curator David C. Driskell. The film spotlights the indelible contributions of African American artists in today’s contemporary art world,” according to John Dugas, one of the organizers of the festival.

The films are linked with meaningful discussions following the screenings.

This is the second annual offering of films dedicated to the Black experience. It’s unlike other Arizona film festivals, some of which only have short runs over a weekend, according to hip hop artist, break dancer and organizer Willie Manns, who was featured in the 1984 film “Beat Street.”

“We felt that a weekend wasn’t enough time to tell the story of Black history. There’s really not enough time ever to tell the whole story. So, we decided, ‘Let’s take a month. We have the whole month for Black History Month. Let’s use it,’” said Manns.  

The screenings are conducted at the Scottsdale Baha’i Faith Community Center and start at 1:30 p.m. 

Valley-based artist and educator Clottee Hammons will conduct a discussion about Black artists and opportunities after the documentary film on Saturday.

Those who wish to attend must fill out reservation information.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of artist and curator David C. Driskell's name in a photo caption.

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