The film “Nationtime” will replace a showing of “James Baldwin: Meeting the Man” during two special Juneteenth celebration screenings hosted by the Rome Branch of the NAACP at the Cinema Capitol on Friday and Saturday, June 18-19.
The NAACP Rome Branch will present a Juneteenth special on WKTV’s CBS affiliate on Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be two weekend screenings at Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The program will also be available to view online at WKTV.com.
The screenings will offer an advance look at the documentary, “The Story of the NAACP Rome NY Branch,” which outlines the history of the organization in Rome and its continuing role in advancing civil and human rights issues in Rome and the surrounding community prior to the showing of the featured film.
“Nationtime” tells the story of the 1972 Black Political Convention, a mirror to the national discussion of race and the era of the civil rights movement that our local NAACP branch was borne from. “Nationtime” collects black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.
This special presentation by the Rome Branch of the NAACP at Cinema Capitol is free and open to the public. The Story of the NAACP Rome NY Branch runs 29 minutes and “NATIONTIME” runs 80 minutes.