Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2017

I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan

2016, Richard Kane, USA, 74 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Aug 13th 3:00pm

"I reach for the child in everyone," says Ashley Bryan. Best known as the beloved author and illustrator of over fifty children's books, including such classics as "Beautiful Blackbird" and "Dancing Granny," the prolific Bryan has also created collages, puppets, and stained-glass windows, all deeply rooted in spirituality and the Black experience. When this delightful documentary opens with Bryan holding a group of schoolchildren spellbound with a reading of his recent book "Can't Scare Me," the ebullient 94-year-old seems part-child himself, but, as his life story makes clear, he is far from naive. As a stevedore in World War II, he experienced racism in the then-segregated Army and landed on bloody Omaha Beach on D-Day. Deeply troubled by the war, he asked himself, "Could art redeem suffering?" and resolved to spread joy and beauty through his work. ProRes digital. (MR) FF

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