National Center for Civil and Human Rights Hosts Free Film Screenings in July

June 23,2010

ATLANTA (June 18, 2010) – The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) presents Films That Matter at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta throughout July. The series begins on Thursday, July 8 with Invictus and continues each Thursday with Milk, Hotel Rwanda, and The Secret Life of Bees. The screenings are free and open to the public.

The Center is proud to bring Downtown Atlanta a new a family-friendly event in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress, WSB-TV Family 2 Family, Atlanta INtown, WCLK 91.9 FM,Kiss 104.1 FM, and CW 69.

All films begin at sundown on a large outdoor screen and are weather permitting. For more information, including parking, directions, and other “Know Before You Go” items, visit

2010 Film Schedule

July 8 – Invictus (PG-13)
Director Clint Eastwood tells the story of how President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) inspired the South African National Rugby Team captain (Matt Damon) and his teammates to win the World Cup in 1995.

July 15 – Milk (R)
Milk is the true story of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), the late activist and first openly gay elected official in a major U.S city.

July 22 – Hotel Rwanda (PG-13)
The story of hotelier Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) offers hope, inspiration, and promise as he bravely saves his fellow citizens from the horrific 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

July 29 – The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13)
During the height of the civil rights movement, fourteen-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) meets the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters — August (Queen Latifah), May (Sophie Okonedo), and June (Alicia Keys) — and finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

Check out the Know Before You Go page for more information.

About the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights encourages ongoing dialogue, study and potential resolution of current and future freedom struggles for all people through active community programs and partnerships. Set to break ground at Pemberton Place in Atlanta within the next year, its state-of-the-art facility will not only be a space for exhibition but also the global hub for contemporary discussion on the link between Civil Rights lessons and Human Rights issues. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:

Imara Canady, Vice President of Programming and Strategic Partnerships
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Telephone: 404-658-5981

Isha A. Lee, Director of Communications & Marketing
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Telephone: 404-658-5904