Illusions A film by Julie Dash
Date(s): 7/12/2013, 7/13/2013
Auditorium, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips with a society that perpetuates false images as status quo. This highly-acclaimed drama by one of the leading African American women directors follows Mignon's dilemma, Ester's struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality.
Illusions is shown in conjunction with the exhibition
Lola Flash | [sur]passing on view in the contemporary gallery until August 30, 2013. All proceeds from the film go to supporting Heritage Center programs. Both the film and exhibition are made possible through the generous support of the Blue Moon Fund and albemarle magazine.
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