SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Jewish Community Art (SJCA) will present a Zoom discussion of the film “If Beale Street Could Talk, the 2017 Academy Award winner directed by Barry Jenkins and based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

The film is the story of a young black couple (Tish and Fonny) and how their romantic dreams come crashing down. As Baldwin does, Jenkins attempts to reveals harsh social truths.

The young couple in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ share a tender moment.

“The theme of racial bias is as relevant now as it was in 1974. However, Jenkins did not create a message film, but one about love and family that also conveys a message, according to Phyllis Wang, SJCA coordinator. “If Beale Street Could Talk is a tough but tender saga,” she added, asserting that it is as “brawny as it is sensuous, interweaving stark social-realist themes of prejudice and oppression with the aura of love and loss.”
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