A film explaining the struggle of black soldiers in America’s Civil War is being screened at a Preston pub.Advertisement
The Continental is doing a special showing of 1989 classic Glory.
Part of the British Film Institute’s Black Star season, which takes place nationwide, it includes a round table discussion about diversity.
Glory relates the true story of one of the first army units to be made up of black soldiers during their fight for freedom and dignity in the American Civil War. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is tasked with recruiting men to the regiment, starting with gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) and slave escapee Silas Trip (Denzel Washington in a thoroughly deserved Oscar winning performance).
What follows is a stirring depiction of the struggles of the Civil War told through the eyes of the black recruits, from the harsh conditions within the unit to the racist threats of the Confederacy, capturing both the epic scale of the war and the reality of the men that fought in it.
They Eat Culture, who are behind the screening, are hosting the diversity discussion.
Ruth Heritage from the group said: “We invite all interested in diversity and representation to come along and take part in a wide discussion about how best to nurture a commitment to diversity and representation across our wide ranging communities, inclusive of BAME, disabilities, neurodiversity, LGBTQ, gender, age, class & socio-economic conversations.”
The round table discussion is free and from 6.30pm on Thursday 26 January, followed by the screening of Glory from 8pm with a £4 entry fee.