February is Black History Month and the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester is ready to celebrate. Last year the Alamo Drafthouse honored Black History month with a curated selection of cinema presented by the NAACP with films that either had a strong African American message or strong African American characters. They decided they are going to be doing it again this year with another great program of films selected by the NAACP. Their first screening was Floyd Norman: An Animated Life which featured special guest, Mr. Floyd Norman. This documentary had 165 community members join to a sold out movie! The following titles were all curated by the NAACP and will be shown as follows and proceeds from all of these screenings go to benefit the local NAACP chapter.
- 2/5 Hunter Gatherer
- 2/8 Pariah
- 2/12 Loving (will be shown all week)
- 2/15 The Red Violin
- 2/18 Zarafa
- 2/19 I Am Not Your Negro
- 2/22 Cooley High
On February 18th the Super 8 Film Club (formerly the Family Film Club) at the Alamo will be featuring the film, Zarafa. Directed by, Jean-Christophe Lie, Rémi Bezançon, Zarafa is inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France. This is a beautifully animated and stirring adventure with epic storytelling set among sweeping vistas of parched desert, wind-swept mountains, and open skies.
The main character is a small boy, Maki, who one day loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria to meet with the Pasha of Egypt who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France. And so Maki, Zarafa and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, before arriving to Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home.
Located in the Shenandoah Valley Region, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers the tourist or local resident an 8 theater cinema with full meal/bar service while you enjoy your movie. This is a great place to celebrate Black History Month with the whole family!