An Inaugural Ride to Freedom

Oct. 26 An Inaugural Ride to Freedom Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater 1340 Mike Fahey St. Screening and post-show Q & A w/ director Akintunde $9, $7 seniors/students/teachers/military 7 p.m., 933.0259, filmstreams.org Get on the bus! By the hundreds of thousands, people did just that in January 2009 to see the inauguration of Barack Obama. Answering the call to witness history was a busload of Nebraskans who traveled courtesy of a University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Black Studies-sponsored trip. Leading the way was UNO Black Studies chair Omowale Akintunde, who is also a filmmaker (Wigger). He and a small crew documented the emotional journey; the resulting film won a regional Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary. The film tells some of the stories within the larger story, thereby personalizing what the event meant to individual passengers. It’s a vicarious glimpse at the crush of people who came together, united in one moment in time.

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