A group of black women is leading an effort to buy out theaters in various cities, so they can provide free screenings of Disney’s upcoming film, “A Wrinkle in Time,” for black girls.
The movie, based off the 1962 book of the same name, focuses on a young black girl’s intergalactic search for her father. The group, Sisters in the Storm, started a GoFundMe to fund screenings in eight cities, including Charlotte and Greensboro.
The leaders behind the campaign said it would be beneficial to provide young black girls with an opportunity to see themselves represented in the film, which features prominent roles from black actresses, including Storm Reid and Oprah Winfrey.
The movie is also directed by Ava DuVernay, and is the first film with a $100 million budget to be directed by a woman of color, according to The Atlantic.
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“When you don’t see yourself reflected in (movies), you start to wonder — especially as a child when you’re developing an identity — does that mean my experiences don’t matter?” Leslie Mac, one of the organizers, said in an interview with digital news company Mic. “...So, this movie is a unique opportunity for black girls to see themselves centered in the story, to see their story being told — and that’s really exciting.”
The campaign is similar to other recent efforts to buy out theaters so that black youth can see Marvel’s new superhero film, Black Panther.
LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS