Film Discussion: Ashes to Ashes

February 23, 2021

Film Discussion: February 23, 2021 7-8:30pm

Winfred Rembert is one of the many artists who have work in our current exhibition Wonderfully Made: The Anthony and Davida Artis Collection of African-American Art. Rembert’s story is shared in the short film “Ashes to Ashes” available for viewing online. We encourage you to view the film and then join us for a discussion of the documentary via ZOOM on February 23.

Ashes to Ashes. 2019 US.A./duration 26 minutes. 2019 US.A./duration 26 minutes. America has yet to heal from the trauma of its darkest era, and Winfred Rembert is living proof of that. Rembert, who lived on a plantation, joined the civil rights movement as a teen and was put to work on a chain gang, is a rare survivor of a lynching attempt. Decades later, he still carries the scars. “That lynching is on my back, and it’s dragging me down, even today,” he says. As he etches his history into leatherwork, fellow artist Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker organizes a different kind of ceremony to search for healing. “It’s not just black history,” she says. “This is American history.” Produced by Dr. Whitaker. Directed by Taylor Rees.

View the Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Q97pXZE2g&ab_channel=TheNewYorker

There is no cost to participate, however registration is required. REGISTER HERE