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January 27, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Colman Domingo gives an electric performance as the unsung civil-rights firebrand Bayard Rustin in a film that's at once urgent, rousing and alive. Discussion follows.

23/24 Hop Film

RUSTIN | Official Trailer | Netflix


Bayard Rustin is the unsung hero of the Civil Rights era, the mastermind of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King's closest confidante—until deemed a liability to "the movement" because he was a gay ex-Communist. George C. Wolfe's period film puts character before characters and feelings before history lessons, presenting political organizing as something akin to an action-adventure movie. 

A new generation of Black organizers flock to Rustin, eager to pioneer new strategies (and have fun, like Rustin). Anyone who has seen Selma and Till and who thinks they already know this era needn't hesitate: this one is different. Colman Domingo is spectacular in the title role, bursting with intellect and charm, and Chris Rock, Jeffrey Wright and Audra McDonald round out the cast. Premiering at the Telluride Film Festival, this long-overdue biopic from writers Julian Breece (When They See Us) and Dustin Lance Black (Milk) ensures his legacy will be forgotten no longer. 

D: George C. Wolfe, US, 2023, 1h39m CC

Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor

Discussion follows with Professor Ralph Craig III. Programmed in conjunction with Dartmouth's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Co-sponsored by NAACP Dartmouth, the Afro-American Society, DASA (Dartmouth African Students Association), Dartmouth East African Students Association, Dartmouth Black Student Athlete Alliance, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, National Society of Black Engineers, Black Girls Are Magic (BGAM) and the Men of Color Association (MoCA)

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