Screening and Discussion of ‘Fires in the Mirror’

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Join Columbia/Barnard Hillel and the Black Students’ Organization for a screening of Anna Deavere Smith’s innovative and provocative film, Fires in the Mirror: August 1991. Crown Heights, Brooklyn. A Hasidic man’s car jumps a curb and kills a seven-year-old black child. Hours later, a Hasidic student is stabbed to death in what appeared to be a retaliatory act. A city riots, exploding in racial tension. Writer and Actor Anna Deavere Smith (“The West Wing”) gives stunning performances as she sets course on an emotional re-telling of this tragedy. She searches for the elusive truth among the adversaries, victims and eyewitnesses in this moving collage based upon verbatim excerpts from interviews conducted by Ms. Smith. Directed by the acclaimed and Tony Nominated Broadway director of “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Angels in America”, George C. Wolfe, Ms. Smith acts the role of each interviewee.- “‘Fires in the Mirror is, quite simply, the most compelling and sophisticated view of urban racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.” – The New York Times Stick around after the film for a lively discussion about race, religion, and community from Crown Heights to Morningside Heights! Free, kosher pizza and drinks will be served. Sponsored by Hillel’s Interfaith/Intercultural Committee, the Black Students’ Organization, and the Office of the University Chaplain

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