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Free “I Am A Man” Screening Tonight

February 16, 2010

A free public screening of the nationally embraced, critically acclaimed documentary that examines the character and determination of the African-American community that powered Memphis’ 1968 sanitation strike will be held next week.

“I Am a Man: From Memphis, a Lesson in Life” will be screened free for the first time in Memphis at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16 at the McCallum BCLC Ballroom at Rhodes College. The film runs for 27 minutes, and the event open to all. The event is co-sponsored by the Rhodes Black College Student Association and the college’s Crossroads to Freedom Project.

Elmore Nickleberry, the 77-year-old sanitation worker who remains on the job in Memphis and whose life story is told through the film, is scheduled to attend the screening along with his family and other sanitation workers featured in the production. They, along with the all-Memphis production team behind the project, will participate in a panel discussion afterward.

The short film was created by the nonprofit Memphis Tourism Foundation in an effort to commemorate the workers, whose 1968 strike for equality and fair pay brought the Rev. Martin Luther King to Memphis. Lost in the ensuing tragedy were the personal stories of the workers and their families whose individual strengths and ethics embody the true and best spirit of our city.

Since premiering in May, “I Am a Man” has played at more than 20 film festivals nationwide, including venues in New York City, Colorado, Texas, Maine and Beverly Hills. Several festival juries and audiences have awarded it top honors, including Indie Memphis, where it received the 2009 Hometowner Award and a special jury citation for its portrayal of living history. The film also received four Mid-South Emmy Awards this month, and the Memphis City Schools have officially accepted it as part of the curriculum.

“I Am a Man” is also available as a pay-what-you-can download, or via DVD at its Web site:

http//www.iamamanthemovie.com. A forthcoming study guide will soon be available for educators online, along with a host of additional video material.

SCREENED FREE AT RHODES COLLEGE

ON FEB. 16 AT 7 P.M.

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