The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, in partnership with the Capri Theater and the Minnesota Historical Society, presents “Marshall” at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 7) at North Community High School, 1500 James Ave. N. in Minneapolis.
“Marshall” takes place in 1941, early in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. In the film, Marshall (Chadwick Boseman), a rising star for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is called to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and the attempted murder of his white socialite employer. Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman. Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and anti-Semitism.
“The case proves more complex than either anticipates with unexpected twists and turns, even as it becomes a vital case that would define two careers as well as the fight for justice in America,” wrote Kenneth Chisholm.
Each First Thursday Films screening is followed by a discussion of the movie. This month, Donald Lewis, co-founder of the Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis, will lead the conversation. Lewis earned his undergraduate degree in journalism at Northwestern University and his law degree at Harvard Law School.
The First Thursdays series continues with “Amazing Grace,” a documentary featuring Aretha Franklin, with conversation leader Jearlyn Steele on Dec. 5 and “Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary” on Jan. 2.
North High serves as the alternate location for this film series while the Capri Theater is closed for expansion and renovation. A map and directions to North High are available online at the capritheater.org. Tickets to First Thursday Films are $5 and can be purchased in advance at www. HYPERLINK "http://www.mspfilm.org" mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.