On July 13, the March on Washington Film Festival returns to Washington, D.C. for its fifth year. Founded in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Festival features film screenings, discussions with filmmakers, performances, and panels on the groundbreaking activism of the 1960s as well as the movement’s current work towards justice and equality. The festival uses the power of film, music, scholarship, and the arts to honor the untold stories and unsung heroes of the civil rights movement.
The fifth anniversary edition of the Festival will include programming on civil rights activism on college campuses, women’s leadership of the movement, and civil rights and social protest. Special guests and speakers include Diahann Carroll, Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Former Attorney General Eric Holder.
The 2017 Festival will also see the return of its Emerging and Student Filmmaker Competition, as well as the inaugural Freedom’s Children Student Journalist Competition.
The full schedule for the March on Washington Film Festival will be made available in the coming weeks.
WHAT: The 2017 March on Washington Film Festival
WHEN: July 13-22, 2017
Times vary depending on event. Full schedule will be made available in the coming weeks.
WHO: Select speakers include:
- Diahann Carroll
- Karen Clarke Sheard, Grammy award-winning artist
- 9th Wonder, hip hop performer and producer
- Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Eric Holder, former Attorney General under President Obama
- Senator Harris Wofford (D-PA)
Full speaker list will be made available in the coming weeks.
WHERE: Venues throughout Washington, D.C. include: the Navy Memorial Heritage Center, the Washington National Cathedral, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum for Women and the Arts.