Sonja Haynes Stone Center

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Sonja Haynes Stone Center
150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

October 24, 2017

This evening’s screening will feature Footprints of Pan-Africanism (U.S., 2017). The documentary revisits the era of Ghana’s emergence into independence, when Africans on the continent and in the diaspora participated in building a liberated territory. This movement, rooted in the determination to reassert black people’s humanity and recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism, constituted an essential, indispensable part of the global Pan-African vision for liberation, which in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s ushered in no less than a black political and cultural revolution. Footprints ultimately celebrates the challenges young generations continue to pose to those who have yet to pick up the baton of the great Pan-African dreamers.

Stay for a discussion with the filmmaker Shirikiana Aina after the screening. Please RSVP on the event page.

Start: October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
End: October 24, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

October 31, 2017

This event features a free lunch and screening of a series of short films. The films include:

The Big Chop (U.S., 2016). The Big Chop follows 10-years-old Kris on her natural hair journey of self-love and acceptance. Once a die-hard lover of her big Afro, negative hints from her mom and teasing on the playground causes Kris to get a perm. She continues to perm her hair as an adult until one day she has had enough. She stands in the mirror, and does the “big chop.” What follows after the chop is a pure emotional roller coaster.

Modern Dark (U.S., 2016). A young man living in the inner city, whose notions of space and understanding of his place in the universe are informed primarily by online videos and clouded by science fiction.

Lemonade Mafia (U.S., 2017). Kira’s organic lemonade dynasty becomes in jeopardy when newcomer Shantel Osgood sets up an extremely successful competing pink lemonade stand that encroaches into her territory. It is an all out neighborhood war amongst the young girls in a good-natured battle of wills between competing kid entrepreneurs in this a light-hearted comedy for all ages.

Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a free lunch.

Start: October 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
End: October 31, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

November 2, 2017

This event features a double screening of two films.

The first film shown will be Trail of Hope (Mauritania, 2016). On the deserted highway to Nouadhibou, a young self-centered taxi driver meets a woman whose story becomes a stimulating experience on morality and responsibility towards women’s rights.

The second film shown will be YemanjáWisdom from the African Heart of Brazil (Brazil, U.S., 2015). Yemanjá is a film about a little known history 
and contemporary expression of Africa in the Americas, known as Candomblé.

Please RSVP on the event page.

Start: November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
End: November 2, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

November 7, 2017

This event features a free lunch and screening of a series of short films. The films include:


Masters of Rhythm with Addendum (Peru, U.S., 2016). This glimpse of the rarely seen Afro-Peruvian culture and music adds to the encyclopedia of African diaspora culture. Rich music and wonderful dancing help to transport the viewer to the Barrios of Peru.

SMŌKD (U.S., 2017). Twelve grand jurors deliberate whether to indict, or not indict, a police officer who killed a man during an arrest.

Night Shift (U.S., 2017). Ollie Jeffries is an on-again, off-again actor. His long-time gig as a bathroom attendant on this one night, forces Ollie to face a reality he’s not yet ready to embrace.

Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a free lunch.

Start: November 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
End: November 7, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

November 9, 2017

This event will feature a screening of Vaya (South Africa, 2017). In this film, three separate stories are woven together to create a gripping yet compassionate portrait of small-town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring and dangerous world of big-city Johannesburg and Soweto.

Please RSVP on the event page.

Start: November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
End: November 9, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

November 14, 2017

This event features a full length film screening and a free lunch. The film shown will be The Last Revolutionary (U.S., 2016). In this film, two comrades from the black revolutionary days whose lives have taken much different paths get back together several years later. During the dramatic and humorous confrontation, secrets are exposed about both men – personally and politically – that lead to a life and death situation.

Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a lunch.

Start: November 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
End: November 14, 2017 @ 1:30 pm