The award-winning documentary “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” opens Feb. 4 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
Continuing to show is “Parallel Mothers,” a story about two women who connect while giving birth on the same day.
“Who We Are,” winner of the South By Southwest Festival’s Documentary Spotlight Audience Award, interweaves lectures, personal anecdotes, interviews and revelations that outline the timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States. The production, which features Jeffery Robinson, the American Civil Liberty Union’s deputy legal director, and a criminal defense/civil rights lawyer, explores American history from slavery to current events.
Directed by Emily Kunstler and Sara Kunstler, “Who We Are” is rated PG-13. It shows throughs Feb. 17.
A forum for Penélope Cruz’s talent, “Parallel Mothers” features two women, Janis and Ana, who end up in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis (played by Cruz), middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized.
Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.
The film, which is rated R by the Motion Picture Association, will show through Feb. 10.