As a writer who covered the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Barrett Pitner recognized how following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and Jordan Davis, the Black community would create altars and safe spaces to mourn the loss of Black life, defend their culture, and discuss the life and experiences of Black people in America. Barrett saw this movement as an organic, reactionary iteration of Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead for centuries has provided people with an annual opportunity to collectively deal with the trauma of loss, celebrate their culture, and tell the stories of their ancestors, and America needs this vital resource now more than ever. As a Black American who has participated in Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, and written about Black Live Matter, Pitner has spent a long time thinking about how he could incorporate this valuable tradition into his community to address the needs his community demanded via BLM.
Altars: A Cross-Cultural Day of the Dead is the manifestation of Pitner’s work, and we welcome the chance to tell you more about this vital project, and add you to the growing Altars community as we pursue financing to complete filming by November 2019.
The event will consist of a film preview followed by Q&A with Barrett Pitner. The discussion will be led by Claudia Flores, the Immigration Campaign Manager at the Center for American Progress.
Free RSVP here.