Series/Themes: Featured, Race in America, Spotlight Screenings
Film Year: 2018
Film Length: 117 min.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Featuring: Kiki Layne, Stephen James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach.
In the film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel, Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins depicts a 1970s Harlem love story. Bride-to-be Tish reflects on the momentous events that strengthened the bond between her and her fiancé Alonzo Hurt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. After Fonny is falsely accused of a crime, the long-term plan for the childhood friends turned lovers is derailed. Following Fonny’s indictment, Tish discovered that she is pregnant. While carrying their first child, Tish desperately struggles to prove her fiancé’s innocence. Unfairly torn from each other, the black couple’s future is challenged in the face of a broken justice system. Introduction by Maurice Wallace (UVA)
The Paramount Theater