Based on the acclaimed novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk from Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers. Set in early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect, and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors Baldwin’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as Jenkins poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.
Nominated for three Academy Awards, with Regina King winning for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
This screening is presented as part of