Brought to you by producer Baba Aundar Ma’at and director Born Logic Allah (Melaneyes Media), the independent San Antonio team that made 2017’s excellent Message to the People: A Story of Malcolm X, a new film looks to tell the story of black San Antonio. The documentary Walk on the River: A Black History of SA features commentary and reflections from an impressive collection of local black leaders, organizers and historians.
In detailing and discussing the struggles, legacies and contributions of our city’s black community, A Walk on the River does a admirable job of introducing a rich, complex and proud history to a broader audience. Sadly, part of what makes this such an important and revelatory film is the fact that the stories it weaves are so seldom included among the prevailing narratives of the Alamo City.
This project, which should properly be thought of as a point of departure and inspiration (rather than an exhaustive/definitive piece), is an important work that stands well on its own, a gem that is as well-constructed as it is insightful. It’s also a loving message to the broader city as well as San Antonio’s black communities: Our roots here are as deep as any – we have made this city right alongside influential white and Hispanic leaders. Not only is Walk on the River a must-see film, but this special premiere will offer up loads of extra perspective via a post-screening Q&A with the producer, director and several historians.
Head on over to walkontheriver.com
for a preview and details.
$10, Fri, Aug. 17, 6-9:30pm, Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry St., (210) 207-7211, thecarver.org.
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