Join us Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm for an exclusive screening, the West Coast premiere of a unique new film that explores humanism, racial justice, and some little-known history. Filmmaker Jé Hooper, a leader-in-traning with the American Ethical Union, will follow the screening of Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness with a live Q&A.
Felix Adler (Ritchie Szoke), the founder and philosopher of the Ethical Culture Movement, and W.E.B. DuBois (Joe Tolbert), the author of “the Souls of Black Folk” and activist-scholar, are re-imagined in this histo-contemporary retrospective of July 1900. Throughout this experimental film, we journey with Adler and DuBois through a series of poetic prose, soulful music and choreo-movements, as they stir justice in one another through a new lens of nonreligious ethics, African-based spirituality, and civil philosophy.
DuBois, after completing a variety of lectures and books is endowed by the “spirit-of-rightness” with a new love for the intersectionality of Africaniety, where all lives can’t matter until black lives matter. As a result, his passion becomes contagious to anyone who comes in contact with his infectious conscious-kindness–his heart-work becomes the coloring of white spaces. Through an encounter with DuBois, Adler “weighs the soul” of the young negro leader and establishes a life-changing relationship that is solidified at the first Pan-African Conference at Westminster Hall in London.
Adler is also challenged by this consciousness, conflicted by the thoughts of other intellectuals, who reveal a hidden unethical, racist agenda for scholastic fame, and a refusal to acknowledge the true souls and spirits of black folks.
Co-sponsored by AAHS: Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists & Secularists and the UU Santa Monica Peace & Justice Team in collaboration with the Ethical Culture Society of Los Angeles.