This Academy Award–nominated film tells the story of a family of black sharecroppers in the Depression-era South. Eleven-year-old David is sent by his mother to visit his father, who is imprisoned in a far-off camp for stealing food, with the titular stray hunting dog by his side. With astonishing performances and gorgeous cinematography, the film uses David’s journey to explore the complexities of black family life in the rural South. (1972, dir. Martin Ritt, 105 min.)

A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows the screening.


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