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Celebrating Black History Month in Downtown Coral Gables

Starting Friday, February 18, and running twice a day until Thursday, February 24 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Lingui, The Sacred Bonds is a New York Times Critics Pick and has earned a glowing review this week in the Wall Street Journal.

Programming director April Dobbins selected this film from Chad to celebrate the diversity of stories from Africa during Black History Month. “How often do we get to see stories from Chad? How many of us can say that we’ve ever been immersed in a Chadian tale?,” asks Dobbins, and adds, “it is a story centered on a woman and her child in a space that doesn’t make space for them.”

For more about the film, screening times and to buy tickets, go to  https://www.gablescinema.com/events/lingui-the-sacred-bonds/

Members of the Coral Gables Art Cinema may receive free tickets to a screening of Lingui by emailing Executive Director Brenda Moe (brenda@gablescinema.com).

Children have their own way to celebrate Black History Month with an activity that combines music, art, and culture and encourages their own creativity. On Monday, February 21, when schools are closed for Presidents Day, Little Creative Souls provides children the opportunity to make African Djembe drums out of recycled materials like like planter pots and newspapers.

Two free classes for 25 children each are being held at 10 am and 11 am. No registration required. Signup sheets are available 15 minutes before the start of each class. Simply bring your children to the Coral Gables Arts Cinema at 260 Aragon Avenue – where you may also buy tickets for Lingui, The Sacred Bonds – and watch the creative sparks ignite. It’s the best way for children to understand and value African musical history from their fingers up.

Finally, stop by Books & Books at 265 Aragon Avenue, across the street from the Cinema, and check out the special exhibit for Black History Month. It includes biographies of well-known figures like Frederick Douglass, novels by Zora Neale Hurston, and histories by Isabel Wilkerson. Browsing encouraged, and if you’re hungry by this point, the café inside and outside in the courtyard can supply everything from breakfast food to lunch to happy hour and light dinner.