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AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree MINARI

"MINARI blossoms with hope in the beating heart of America. Lee Isaac Chung’s deeply personal saga is an ode to the unrelenting pressure of the pioneer spirit. Universal questions about home, pride and identity drive the narrative to touch both hearts and minds, as the Yi family dreams for more in a field of uncertainty. Steven Yeun...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree DA 5 BLOODS

"DA 5 BLOODS honors the eternal bond of friendship amidst the ongoing battle to comprehend the horrors of the Vietnam War. Spike Lee’s mastery of the explosive reaches new emotional heights in this time-embracing narrative – as he elevates the art form to meet his undeniably epic ambition. The enduring trauma of war and peace...

AFI Movie Club Tribute to Sidney Poitier: A RAISIN IN THE SUN

A RAISIN IN THE SUN, adapted by Lorraine Hansberry from her stage play of the same name, chronicles the quintessentially American story of a struggling family combatting broken and deferred dreams. The film stars AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Sidney Poitier and was ranked #65 on AFI’s 100 YEARS… 100 CHEERS list of the most...

AFI Member Spotlight: Pete Costello

This month, the American Film Institute is highlighting Five-Star AFI member Pete Costello, who’s been a member since 2013 and has supported AFI through the Costello Educational Foundation. Costello lives in Orlando and has worked in the Transportation sector for over 20 years. AFI spoke with Pete about how he became invested in AFI’s mission,…

AFI Movie Club Tribute to Sidney Poitier: LILIES OF THE FIELD

LILIES OF THE FIELD, an uplifting film centered on dignity, discipline, generosity and faith, stars AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Sidney Poitier in a landmark Oscar®-winning role. The film is ranked #46 on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 CHEERS list of American film’s most inspiring stories. Harry Belafonte Sings "Amen" at Sidney Poitier's AFI Life Achievement Award...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: Alice B. Russell

Modern scholars have recently begun to study the profound yet generally unhistoricized impact that women of color made to the establishment of the film industry, including pioneering African American women who were making films in the silent era, including Eslanda Robeson, Eloyce King Patrick Gist, Zora Neale Hurston, Tressie Souders, Maria P. Williams – and…

AFI Movie Club Tribute to Sidney Poitier: NO WAY OUT

NO WAY OUT, a 50s film noir, marks the feature film debut of AFI Life Achievement Award honoree and AFI Board of Trustees emeritus Sidney Poitier. Richard Widmark to Sidney Poitier: "A Man We All Admire" MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? NO WAY OUT marked the feature film debut for both AFI Life Achievement Award...

AFI Movie Club Tribute to Sidney Poitier: IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is ranked #75 on AFI’s 10th anniversary list of the 100 greatest movies of all time and #21 on AFI’s list of the most inspiring movies ever. Sidney Poitier’s “Virgil Tibbs” is the 19th most heroic character on AFI’s list of 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains, while “They call...

AFI Movie Club: DETROIT

In 2017, AFI Honorary Degree recipient Kathryn Bigelow brought the poignant film DETROIT to audiences, basing the film on true events of racial tensions and civil unrest that start to fracture the city of Detroit.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? DETROIT is based on true events – the Detroit riots of the long, hot summer of 1967, 50 years before Kathryn...

AFI Movie Club: GLORY

GLORY, the powerful tale of the Union Army's first African American regiment in the Civil War, was directed by AFI Conservatory alum Edward Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) and stars two AFI Life Achievement Award recipients – Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? To convince TriStar of the project’s viability, director Edward Zwick filmed a...

AFI Movie Club: SOPHIE’S CHOICE

As part of member benefits, AFI Star members and above can watch SOPHIE'S CHOICE – along with other films curated by AFI – for free. Become a member and start streaming today! LEARN MORE. SOPHIE’S CHOICE stars Kevin Kline and AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Meryl Streep — and is ranked #91 on AFI’s list...

AFI Movie Club: WHITE HEAT

WHITE HEAT ranks #4 on AFI’s 10 Top 10 list of cinema’s great gangster films, and its star James Cagney was the second person to be honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in 1974. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? WHITE HEAT marked James Cagney’s first film back at Warner Bros. after he broke with...
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