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Heritage Film Festival 

When: Feb. 12-14 2015

HERITAGE FILM FESTIVAL

HAYTI HERITAGE CENTER, DURHAM

THURSDAY, FEB. 12–SATURDAY, FEB. 14

The annual film festival of the St. Joseph's Historic Foundation brings three days of free documentaries, features and shorts—all created by or starring people of color—to the Hayti Heritage Center. Each day is themed, with topical panel discussions between films. The Healthcare Movie opens the first night at 6 p.m. and establishes its purview. Produced by Canadian-American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, it explores the divergent health-care philosophies of two nations. Kiefer Sutherland narrates, a job we're guessing the 24­ star gets done—whatever it takes. A wide range of film history is covered, from Something the Lord Made, a 2004 feature about groundbreaking heart surgeon Vivien Thomas (starring Mos Def) and Lost Boundaries, a 1949 biopic of a doctor passing for white in 1930s and '40s New England. Friday's theme is "Protests and the Prison System," explored in Elementary Genocide: The School to Prison Pipeline and two films set in inner-city Raleigh, among others. Saturday is for the kids, shifting from animated children's shorts at 11 a.m. to Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten, about the desegregation of New Hanover County schools, at noon. The festival concludes at 9 p.m. with Erykah Badu music videos—an uplifting grace note for a filmic survey of enduring inequalities and current emergencies. Various times (see www.hayti.org/events), free, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, tickets: call 919-683-1709 or email info@hayti.org. —Brian Howe

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