Capri: Raising Bertie


Capri Theater Thu, Oct 5, 2017 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$5.00
Film Info
Program:First Thursday Films @ The Capri
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Release Year:2017
Runtime:96 min
Director:Margaret Byrne
Producer:Margaret Byrne
Ian Robertson Kibbe
Jon Stuyvesant
Jermaine Cole
Cinematographer:Jon Stuyvesant
Screenwriter:Margaret Byrne
Leslie Simmer
Editor:Leslie Simmer
Composer:Eric Andrew Kuhn
Principal Cast:Reginald “Junior” Askew
David “Bud” Perry
Davonte “Dada” Harrell
Filmography:American Promise ('13)
Slaying Goliath ('09)


Set in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, Raising Bertie offers viewers an authentic and tender portrait of the lives of three young boys - Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell - as they face a precarious coming of age. This raw and starkly poetic Kartemquin ve´rite´ documentary weaves the young men’s stories together as they navigate school, unemployment, violence, first love, fatherhood, and estrangement from family members and mentors, all while trying to define their identities. The film is an in-depth look at issues facing many of rural America’s youth of color and what happens in the everyday lives of young people caught in the complex interplay of generational poverty, economic isolation, and educational inequity. Raising Bertie is an experience that asks us to see this world through their eyes and incites recognition and understanding of lives and communities too often ignored.

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This screening is a part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by Black filmmakers and exploring Black culture and experience. Topical and relevant in these turbulent times, Black Cinema aims to create a space for dialogue and better understanding. Presented with support by:





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