2010 Langston Hughes Film Festival opens April 17

One of my favorite films at last year’s SIFF was Nurse. Fighter. Boy, a movie which I think deserved a lot more attention than it got. I’m thrilled that it’s getting another screening in front of Seattle audiences – this time as the opening night film at the 2010 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. The festival is partnering with the Northwest Sickle Cell Collaborative and their Metropolitan Seattle Sickle Cell Task Force to present this movie, and donating $5 of each Opening Night ticket sold to the task force.

Nurse.Fighter.Boy is a story of love and hope that breaks your heart and mends it all at once. The nurse of the title is Jude, a single mother who is struggling with Sickle Cell Anemia. The boy is her son Ciel who spins dreams from music to support his mother. Silence is a boxer past his prime fighting illegally to survive; when a late night brawl sends him to the hospital, his life becomes tightly tied to Jude and Ciel. With outstanding cinematography, excellent acting by the cast, an engrossing story and one of the best movie soundtracks ever recorded, Nurse. Fighter. Boy is not to be missed. Filmmaker Charles Officer will attend the screening.

The closing night film on April 25 is Still Bill, a documentary about Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lean on Me”, “Lovely Day”, “Just the Two of Us”) whose soulful delivery and warm, charismatic nature have made him a soul legend.

In between the two, the festival screens a variety of films from around the world; see the website for scheduled screenings, locations, and advance tickets.

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