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More Than A Month: A Black History Film and Conversation Series

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Together with ITVS, PBS Education is hosting a 3-part series of film screenings followed by panel discussions for classrooms around Black History Month. Viewers will be able to ask questions to producers and directors live through the OVEE platform, interacting in real time. Each panel discussion will be moderated by a student and teacher.


More Than A Month: Tell Them We Are Rising 

February 15, 1pm ET 
120 minutes

Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

Experience the film screening in full with your classroom, followed by a Q&A with director Stanley Nelson. Classrooms will be able to ask questions and have them in answered in real time through the unique OVEE viewing experience.



More Than A Month: I Am Not Your Negro 

Recorded: January 17 | Watch Conversation

One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.

Experience the film screening in full with your classroom, followed by a Q&A with producer Hébert Peck and James Baldwin's niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart. Classrooms will be able to ask questions and have them in answered in real time through the unique OVEE viewing experience. 

More Than A Month: Sighted Eyes/ Feeling Heart 

Recorded February 1 | View Conversation

At a time when women, people of color and homosexuals were confined to the margins of society, Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), best known for A Raisin in the Sun, boldly challenged U.S. society to live up to its ideals. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart tells the dramatic story of the young, gifted and black woman who chose words to fight injustice—on stage and off.

Experience the film screening through a selection of curated clips, followed by a Q&A with director Tracy Heather Strain. Classrooms will be able to ask questions and have them in answered in real time through the unique OVEE viewing experience. 

These virtual learning opportunities are powered by OVEE: a shared media viewing experience. Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.

Through OVEE, filmmakers, educators, public media stations and other partners create online screenings that bring together fans, students, subject experts and special guests to watch streaming media and chat live in a virtual theater. The OVEE chat enables them to discuss the topic, share resources, and ask questions of panelists and experts featured in the video.

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