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

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

The Learning Tree


Based on his book of the same name, Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree follows Newt, a sharp, African-American teenager who meets racial prejudices with composure and pride, unlike his hot-headed best friend Marcus. Witnessing a murder in 1920s rural Kansas drastically alters Newt’s life, forcing him to choose between coming forward to clear the man being framed for the crime or remaining silent. His choice threatens to shake the community to its core. Facing this difficult choice raises racial, personal, and emotional issues, forcing Newt to prematurely leap into adulthood. As the first major studio feature film led by an African-American director, The Learning Tree represents an intimate, previously marginalized view on this important historical moment.

Supported by the Library of Congress and The Fralin Museum of Art


Sunday, November 9


2:00 PM


Other : The Jefferson School City Center

Film Info

Director: Gordon Parks

Runtime: 107 min

Genre: Classics

Year: 1969

Country: USA

Featuring: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans