The third film of the Frostburg State University African American Film Festival, "Raisin in the Sun," will be shown Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Atkinson Room, Lane Center room 201. Co-sponsored by the FSU Department of History, Center Stage and the African American Studies Program, this showing is free and open to the public.
Starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, this 1961 drama centers on the fortunes of the five-member Younger family, who share a tiny apartment on Chicago's south side. Members of the family - the widowed Ruth Younger, her daughter Beneatha, her son Walter Lee, and Walter's wife and son - eagerly await the delivery of a $10,000 check from the dead father's life insurance policy. Ruth wants to use the money to buy a house and pay for Beneatha's medical school tuition, but Walter has other ideas. When the money is entrusted to him, he invests it poorly. Yet, at a critical time in all of their lives, he redeems himself.
In just over two hours, the film touches on themes of race, class, gender, generational conflict and even Afrocentrism vs. assimilation. The end result is a moving drama and a sharply etched portrait of both a family and American society.
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