MCC Presents February Film Series

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 27, 2009) - The MCC Film Club and Diversity/Multicultural Awareness Committee at Manatee Community College (MCC) continues its 2009 Film Series with "Ethnic Notions" at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 3, and at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 4, at MCC Bradenton. The film also will be shown at 2 p.m., Feb. 12, at MCC Venice. Throughout the month of February, all showings at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., will be in the Family Heritage House Museum, and those shown at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, will be in room 307.

Produced and directed in 1987, this Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America.

"Body and Soul" will be presented at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 10, and at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 11, at MCC Bradenton, and at 2 p.m., Feb. 19, at MCC Venice. This 1925 silent film was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux. Paul Robeson's compelling presence as a charismatic preacher, con-artist and rapist is historically significant for African-American film history buffs and silent melodrama fans.

The film series continues with "Nothing But a Man" at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 17, and at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 18, at MCC Bradenton. Produced and directed in 1964, this simply made, quiet drama depicts African-American hardships in pre-Civil Rights South. Patient, sensitive drama fans seeking a personal approach to socially conscious storytelling will be moved by this subtle film.

"Miracle at St. Anna" will be presented at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 24, and at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 25, at MCC Bradenton and at 5 p.m., March 2, at MCC Lakewood Ranch. Produced and directed in 2008, this movie follows four soldiers of the all-black 92nd Infantry Division who get trapped near a small Tuscan village on the Gothic Line during the Italian Campaign of World War II after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy. The story is inspired by the August 1944 Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre perpetrated by the Waffen-SS in retaliation to Italian partisan activity.

Admission is free. Discussion will follow each film. For more information, call Del Jacobs at (941) 752-5593.  For directions, visit the MCC Web site at

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