Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. (CT) | Presentation and Screening 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Join us for an in-person screening of the Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated musical feature film, Carmen Jones, as a part of our Reel History Film Series.
With all of the markings of a tragic love story, Carmen Jones tells the story of a young and beautiful woman who works in a parachute factory within an all-African American Army camp who got into trouble and must be delivered to the civilian authorities by the handsome and engaged Corporal Joe.
Premiering in 1954 right at the start of the Civil Rights Movement, Carmen Jones took Hollywood by storm with a twist on the classic opera Carmen. With an all African American cast featuring Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, and Diahann Carroll, the film made history with Dorothy Dandridge being the first African American woman nominated for the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress.
Ahead of the screening, learn more about the film’s reflection of the African American experience in World War II, significance in the decades after the war, and impact on the Civil Rights Movement with the Dr. Marcus Cox of Xavier University.
This program is proudly sponsored by AARP Louisiana.