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Film: "Zora Neale Hurston Jump at the Sun"

  • DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

Zora Neale Hurston—pathbreaking novelist, pioneering anthropologist and one of the first black women to enter the American literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God)—established the African American vernacular as one of the most vital, inventive voices in American literature. Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun intersperses insights from leading scholars and rare footage of the rural South (some of it shot by Zora herself) with re-enactments of a revealing 1943 radio interview. This definitive film biography, eighteen years in the making, portrays Zora in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, and controversial but always fiercely original. (Sam Pollard, 2008, USA, 84 min., DVD)

South Side Projections and the DuSable Museum of African American History have partnered to present film screenings by and about African American women. The screenings take place at the DuSable the first Tuesday of every other month in 2017.