Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and present implications of the two most prevalent black male stereotypes: the “brute” and “Mandingo.” Through candid interviews with black men spanning age and background, the feature-length film documentary explores the difference between how society perceives black males and how they define themselves.
Featuring: Dr. Cornel West, Tom Burrell, Vondie Curtis Hall, Malik Yoba, Kevin Powell, Lou Meyers, Sam Greenlee, Sadat X, General Steele, Peter Gunz, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Brooklyn Borough President; Eric Adams, Chris Rob, Dr. Herukhuti, and many more.
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Mya B. (Afraid of Dark Director/Columbia College Film Alumna), Richard Steele (WBEZ/The Barber Shop), and Sunni Ali, Ph.D. (Professor at Northeastern Illinois University). ImageNation Founder and Executive Director Moikgantsi Kgama will serve as panel moderator.
Event Community Partners include the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, West Humboldt Park Development Council, St. Sabina Church, and Trinity United Church of Christ Prison Ministry/the Next Movement/ (In)Justice for All Film Festival.
The event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and ImageNation Cinema Foundation as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit ChicagoParkingMap.com.