Milwaukee Film Kicks off Black History Month

There are plenty of film screenings, plus trivia, guided tastings and even a concert reuniting a legendary band.

For the fifth year, Milwaukee Film has a stacked lineup of film screenings and events to celebrate Black History Month.

Eight movies will be playing at the Oriental Theatre this year, including the classic ’80s martial arts flick, The Last Dragon, the 2022 comedy, The African Desperate, and the documentary, Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom, which examines the significance of the holiday.

Film tickets are $12 for the public and $9 for members. Here’s the full schedule of film screenings at the Oriental this month:

  • The Big Payback, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.
  • The Last Dragon, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.
  • The African Desperate, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Black Love Through a Black Lens, Feb. 11 at noon
  • Loudmouth, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Fire Music, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m.

The program also includes many events around town, including trivia, musical performances, panel discussions and a food tasting. All the events are free, except for Groove Theory: Growing Nation and For the Soul, both of which are ticketed. 



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Here’s the full lineup:

  • Engage & Activate: Diverse Professionals Forum, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m., Company Brewing
    • A short film screening, guided discussions and a happy hour
  • A Leap into Afrofuturism, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., Radio Milwaukee
    • Local creators will reimagine the future at this discussion.
  • BHM Trivia, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., Company Brewing
    • Black history trivia
  • Black Love Through a Black Lens: Afrosexology, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., Dandy
    • Dalychia and Rafaella of Afrosexology talk sexuality and love
  • In Retrospect: The Life and Times of Kendrick Lamar, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Company Brewing
    • A talk by Miles Marshall Lewis, the author of Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar
  • Groove Theory: Growing Nation, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m., The Cooperage (Ticketed Event)
    • The genre-fusing group Growing Nation reunites their original members for their first performance in over a decade.
  • For the Soul: A Narrated Food Tasting and Conversation, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m., Turning Tables Tavern and Eatery (Ticketed Event)
    • Judge Derek Mosley and Dr. Bert Davis lead this narrated tasting covering the history of African American food culture.

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