Local Filmmakers To Conclude The Walker’s Cinema Of Urgency Series

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Walker Art Center is highlighting Minnesota filmmakers this week, showcasing works that delve into local activism, politics and issues such as police violence.

To cap off its Cinema of Urgency program ahead of the November election, the museum says it’s showing excerpts from eight documentaries from Minnesota artists. The screening is slated for Thursday. Admission is free.

One of the excerpts, from filmmaker Norah Shapiro, follows the political rise of Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who recently unseated one of the state Legislature’s longest serving representatives.

Another, from Keri Pickett, zeros-in on former Green Party vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke’s fight against a planned oil pipeline going through northern Minnesota.

An excerpt from a film called “Killing Mookie,” by D.A. Bullock, tells the story of Terrence Franklin, a black man killed in Minneapolis in 2013, before the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Other works in the lineup focus on PTSD, the experience of African-Americans in Minnesota, genocide survivors, and the struggles of a Palestinian man trying to immigrate to the United States.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. in the Walker Cinema. To learn more about the films in the lineup, click here.

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