Film Series Sponsored by Baylor University and Washington National Cathedral Explores Racism, Film and Faith

Feb. 9, 2021

‘A Long, Long Way’ event led by Baylor author and cathedral canon theologian examine how film has adapted to changes in cultural perspectives

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 9, 2021) — “A Long, Long Way Film Series” sponsored by Baylor University and Washington National Cathedral annually will be fully online this spring and open to all Baylor faculty, staff and students, rather than a few undergraduates who usually attend the annual event in Washington, D.C.

The two-part series, co-sponsored by Austin Film Festival and the March on Washington Film Festival, will be aired via Zoom at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Feb. 11, and at 7 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 2.

At the Thursday session, author Greg Garrett, Ph.D., Baylor professor of English, and canon theologian the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas will explore the history of race and film and how film has adapted to changes in cultural perspectives. Garrett recently wrote the book “A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation," which deals with racism, film and faith.

At the March 2 session, Garrett and Douglas will be joined by online by critics and commentators for a panel discussion comparing the films “Casablanca” from 1942, “Crash” from 2004 and “Black Panther” from 2018.

Participants are invited to watch the films on their own.

Douglas is dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and the canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral. She holds the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at Union and is considered a leader in the fields of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, and sexuality and the black church.

Garrett is Theologian-in-Residence at the American Cathedral in Paris and the author of more than two dozen books.

Register for a minimum donation of $5 at https://cathedral.org/longlongway

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