Alabama NewsCenter — Can’t Miss Alabama: Events include Hamilton, Clotilda Film Festival and Harlem Globetrotters

| January 27, 2023 @ 10:00 am

By: Shirley Jackson

Broadway in Birmingham presents ‘Hamilton’
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton” is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. Performances are Jan. 24-Feb. 4 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

Spirit of our Ancestors Film Festival
Mark your calendar for the Spirit of our Ancestors Film Festival Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the A.J. Cooper Municipal Complex in Prichard. The Clotilda Descendants Association and the city of Prichard will present a special showing of the acclaimed Netflix documentary “Descendant,” as well as other films about the history of Africatown in Mobile. A question-and-answer panel will follow the film screening. Documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown returned to her hometown to document the search for and discovery of the Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States illegally carrying enslaved Africans. After a century of secrecy and speculation, the 2019 discovery of the ship turned attention toward Africatown and the documentary presents a moving portrait of a community actively grappling with and fighting to preserve its heritage while examining what justice looks like today. The event is free and open to all. RSVPs are not required. Featured films include:

“Descendant” (2022).
“Afrikan by Way of American” (2021).
“Sweet Home Alabama: A Chief and his Protege” (2021).
“Surviving Clotilda” (2021).
“60 Minutes: Finding the Last Slave Ship” (2020).
“Africatown USA” (2019).

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