The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, in collaboration with the Capri Theater and the Minnesota Historical Society, presents Black Panther at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway. Tickets to First Thursday Films are $5; purchase in advance at mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
“A jolt of a movie, Black Panther creates wonder with great flair and feeling partly through something Hollywood rarely dreams of anymore: myth. …In its emphasis on black imagination, creation and liberation, the movie becomes an emblem of a past that was denied and a future that feels very present. And in doing so opens up its world, and yours, beautifully.” (Manhola Dargis, New York Times)
Black Panther was the highest-grossing movie in the U.S. in 2018 with over $700 million is sales. The film has won more than 76 industry awards and has been nominated for 197 more. It’s time to see Black Panther if you haven’t, or see it again, and be sure to join our conversation after the film, led this month by D.A. Bullock. D.A. is the founder of Bully Creative Shop, a feature film, documentary, media art and digital content social enterprise. He’s a foremost leader in the field of story-based organizing in the Twin Cities and has done extensive work to affirm and elevate the stories and histories of marginalized communities. His cinematography work can currently be seen in the documentary film Vanishing Pearls, which tells the story of Louisiana Black oyster fishermen and their struggle and trauma after the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.
Next up for film at the Capri is the 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 4-20. Enjoy nine days of screenings at the Capri, April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18 and 19. Info: mspfilm.org.
First Thursday Films @ the Capri is presented and curated by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul as part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by Black filmmakers and exploring Black culture and experience. Topical and relevant in these turbulent times, Black Cinema aims to create a space for dialogue and better understanding. First Thursday Films @ the Capri is generously supported by Film Society Masters Bill and Michelle Pohlad, the Minnesota Historical Society and Target.