Race, church meet at the cross in BHERC faith-based film If My People

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presented a special screening of If My People, a selection from the 2nd annual BHERC Faith-Based & Inspirational Film Festival (FBIFF): Amplified.

The Black church has long been the anchor and central source of support in the community. During segregation, they were fighting for voting rights, providing for the poor, and more. The church has always been the primary source of hope and inspiration. Because of the times, congregations were predominantly Black. According to Pew research, even today, at least 61% of African Americans attend mostly Black congregations with all of the advances. However, that is beginning to change with the coming generations.

BHERC selected to spotlight If My People because this film deals effectively with racial reconciliation from the Black Church’s perspective and racial transformation. Mark David Kennerly directed the groundbreaking film. Additionally, it looks at the issue of race from both the Black and White perspectives.

“Given the troubling and persistent ugliness and sheer magnitude of racial unrest in America today, we felt this film provided an opportunity for discussion. Perhaps even the discovery of some solutions,” said John Forbes, BHERC executive director, and Festival director.

The event features a post discussion with the director and actors Anthony Shaw-Vaughan, Roderick Garr, and Mikayla Leybovich.

The film can be viewed at <www.bherc.TV>.

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