2016 Festival

The Invaders

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7:00pm

Opening Night Film

The Invaders

Inspired by militant black leaders like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, a new, radicalized generation of civil rights activists made up of young college students, Vietnam vets, musicians, and intellectuals emerged in Memphis in 1967. The Invaders espoused Black Power and, when pushed, did not limit themselves to non-violence. The Invaders uncovers the history and significance of the often- overlooked group, detailing their surprising behind- the-scenes involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the pivotal days leading up to his assassination. Running time: 76 min. Directed by Prichard Smith. Director and cast will be in attendance. Introduced by Wendi Moore-O'Neal. Discussion to follow film. 

Sponsored by IATSE local 473. Featured organizations: BYP100, Take ‘em Down Nola, STAND With Dignity, ACLU of Louisiana.