07/18/2013 01:19 pm ET Updated Jul 22, 2013

'Living Thinkers' Documentary Set To Premiere At 2nd Annual BlackStar Film Festival (VIDEO)

This week the 2013BlackStar Film Festival , taking place August 1-4 in Philadelphia, announced its official lineup.

The second annual festival, which is supported by the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, will feature an array of events including the screening of 75 feature films, a special awards ceremony, panels, and a screenplay competition, according to a press release.

Among the many titles featured at this year’s event will be the premiere of Roxana Walker-Canton’s documentary highlights the trials and tribulations of Black women professors and administrators titled, “Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower.”

According to Shadow and Act:

This documentary examines the intersection of race, class, and gender in the experiences of contemporary Black women professors and administrators through their education narratives from girlhood to their present status in academia. Early 20th century trailblazing Black women like Eva Beatrice Dykes who withstood overt racism, sexism and discrimination, to open the doors to higher education for Black women. During the last part of the 20th century, America still witnessed “firsts” with Black women breaking down walls of “segregated” professions in academe.

Check out the trailer to “Living Thinkers” above, and to view the festival’s complete schedule click here.



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