37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks FINAL

A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks follows the life of filmmaker and photographer Gordon Parks alongside the advancements in racial, social, and economic equality happening through history. A polymath who directed major films like Shaft and was one of the pioneers of the “Blaxploitation” genre, he is best remembered for his portraits of Black Americans experiencing the trials of everyday life. Parks inspired a generation of photographers, filmmakers, and activists—many of whom are featuring in the film. This documentary is an inspirational story about a man who used a camera to change the world and advocate for social justice. Introduction by John Edwin Mason (UVA)

Presented by United Way of Greater Charlottesville

Presented by Charlottesville Radio Group

Supported by WarnerMedia and Verizon


Thursday, October 28


3:45 PM


Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: John Maggio

Runtime: 89 mins.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2021

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jelani Cobb, Anderson Cooper.