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Black Panther Film Festival, October 3, 7pm- Lifes Essentials With Ruby Dee- Pair of Tkts
Black Panther Film Festival, October 3, 7pm- Lifes Essentials With Ruby Dee- Pair of Tkts
 
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It’s hard not to feel like you're eavesdropping on a private family
conversation while watching Muta'Ali Muhammad's documentary tribute to his
grandparents Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Lovingly dedicated to "Grandpa & Gram
Rudy" in the opening credits, Life's Essentials With Ruby Dee is a deeply
personal effort in which the filmmaker is as much the subject as his famed
actor/activist relatives. Structured in the form of an open cinematic letter to
his grandmother, the film begins with Muhammad lamenting the fact that he never
had the opportunity to interview Davis in depth before his sudden 2005 death in
a Miami hotel room. Among those paying tribute to Davis at his funeral was Bill
Clinton, who declared, "He would have been a very good president of the United
States."

This eventually prompted the filmmaker to interview his grandmother before it
was too late — she died at the age of 91 — with the resulting documentary
including many excerpts from their filmed conversations as well as a brief
history of her and Davis' life and career. Dee meeting Davis when they
co-starred in the 1946 Broadway play Jeb. They married in 1948, with the union
lasting over 56 years. "I thought it was a pretty good use of a Thursday," Davis
later said about their wedding day.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
7:00 PM
Maysles Documentary Center
343 Malcolm X BoulevardNew York, NY, 10027

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