HCC sponsors civil rights film screening at CIFF

Heights Community Congress (HCC) is partnering with the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) to promote the screening of “The Last White Knight.”

The film is a 78-minute “civil” dialogue between filmmaker Paul Saltzman and Delay de la Beckwith, a Ku Klux Klan member “unto death,” and son of the man who murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963.

The two men have met before—Beckwith punched Saltzman in the nose when Saltzman was working to register black voters in 1965.

The film—a look at racial hatred past and present—also incorporates interviews with humanitarians, including Harry Belafonte and Morgan Freeman, and features three current masked Klan members who share their views.

The film will be shown at Tower City Cinemas at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, and at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person. Use the code HCC for a $2 discount through CIFF.

Saltzman is founder of the nonprofit Moving Beyond Prejudice, which works with students, educators and community groups. An Emmy Award-winning film and television producer-director, Saltzman's film credits include “Prom Night in Mississippi.”

HCC is a Heights-based organization founded in 1972 to promote racial diversity and fair-housing practices.

For more information, visit www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2013/the-last-white-knight.

Heights Observer Editor

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