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The Center to premiere Open Dialogues: Black Voices | Black Stories

Updated: Mar 8


The Center’s new documentary short film will be screened on March 31 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center


The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood will present a premiere theatrical screening of its new documentary short film Open Dialogues: Black Voices | Black Stories on Thursday, March 31 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe Street in Hollywood.


The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception with the film’s cast members, followed by a screening of the short film at 7. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. Parking is available on site. Call 954.921.3274 or visit artandculturecenter.org for more information.


Directed by award-winning filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez, Open Dialogues: Black Voices | Black Stories features interviews and performances by eight leaders from Broward’s Black community. Photographed in black-and-white, the 24-minute film engages these leaders to describe openly and honestly their first awareness of being Black, the degrading impact of racism and discrimination, creating empathetic listening practices, Black resilience, and “The Talk,” in which Black parents prepare their children to be targeted based on the color of their skin.


It is the second Open Dialogues film produced by the Center, following the 2020 short Stories From the LGBTQ Community.


The eight community leaders interviewed in Black Voices | Black Stories represent a diverse range of work/life experiences from such fields as law, education, medicine, public policy, and the arts. They are Darius V. Daughtry, Henry Graham, Yolanda Cash Jackson, Esq., Rudy Jean-Bart, Niki Lopez, David Weaver, Venis Wilder, M.D., and Natacha J. Yacinthe, Ph.D. The film includes a performance by violinist Ian Mann, written works by Daughtry and Jean-Bart, and music by Dr. Wilder performing as V. Tiarra.


“The Center is thrilled to build upon the success of our Open Dialogues film project with our second film, Black Voices | Black Stories,” said Joy Satterlee, the Center’s Executive Director. “With this powerful new film, the Center seeks to inspire audiences to take part in open and constructive dialogue that promotes justice and respect for all members of our community.”


Open Dialogues is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward through its Art of Community initiative. Support was provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.