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Wilmington 10 – USA 10,000 (1979)

Image credit: film still comes from the unrestored version of "Wilmington 10 – USA 10,000"
Image credit: film still comes from the unrestored version of "Wilmington 10 – USA 10,000"
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri February 18, 2022
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Wilmington 10 -- USA 10,000

(Haile Gerima, 1979, 120 min, 4K digital restoration courtesy the Academy Film Archive) 


In 1971, ten civil rights activists, including 24-year-old Rev. Benjamin Chavis of the United Church of Christ’s Commission on Racial Justice, were wrongfully convicted of arson in Wilmington, North Carolina. Through interviews with the parents of the Wilmington 10 (as well as political prisoner Assata Shakur, filmed just before her escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility), groundbreaking Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima (Bush Mama, Sankofa) exposes the human toll of injustice. Nearly unseen for decades, Wilmington 10 – USA 10,000 will screen at the Block in a new restoration from the Academy Film Archive.

With an introduction and discussion by Allyson Nadia Field, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies at University of Chicago, author of Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film & The Possibility of Black Modernity (Duke University Press, 2015), co-editor of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (University of California Press, 2015).

Presented with support from the Kaplan Humanities Institute at Northwestern University

Vaccination and Mask at the Block

The Block Museum complies with local, state, and University guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic for in-person public events and museum visitation. Effective January 10, 2022, the City of Evanston requires all patrons 5 years and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask to visit this location.

More information about these guidelines available at https://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/visit/index.html

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu