EVENT, SCREENING, SCREENING + Q&A
Friday, Feb 17, 2023 at 7:15 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With director Jon-Sesrie Goff in person
Dir. Jon-Sesrie Goff. 2022, 88 mins. DCP. Goff spent childhood summers in Georgetown, South Carolina, a community deeply rooted in Gullah culture, soaking up stories told on his grandmother’s porch. As he grew up, he became determined to explore his relationship with his father and the history of African people on the land and as an adult began to investigate the cultural and spiritual rituals that banded Gullah people together. On June 17, 2015, he and his parents were having a conversation about this history while on their way to lead a meeting at Mother Emanuel church. Within several hours, nine parishioners, including Reverend Pinckney, had been shot dead. In the aftermath of the shooting, his father would be appointed interim pastor. In a state of shock, Goff began to create After Sherman. Both a history lesson and a visual survey, After Sherman is structured around the filmmaker’s journey to tell a personal story of national significance, a film about being present in a corner of the American South that is often forgotten. Rather than depicting Black subjects as at the whim of violent forces, After Sherman explores intergenerational questions and tensions in a post-civil rights era, documenting the imparting of wisdom between generations of African Americans on how to survive materially and spiritually.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.