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Taraji P. Henson: The Best of Enemies

  • The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Taraji P. Henson, Actress; Author, Around the Way Girl
Robin Bissell, Director, The Best of Enemies; Producer, The Hunger Games; Producer, Seabiscuit
Dominique Telson, Senior Vice President of Development and Production, Astute Films 
Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Contributing Editor, Marie Claire—Moderator

Join Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson, director Robin Bissell (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) and producer Dominique Telson (SVP of development and production at Astute Films) for a powerful conversation about the civil rights era and their new film, The Best of Enemies.

While the 1960s in the United States were rife with violent racial tensions, Durham, North Carolina is a crucial anchor in the history of the civil rights movement. From hosting the country’s first sit-in to various visits from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the city is the birthplace of many unsung heroes in the movement, including Ann Atwater.

In 1971, civil rights activist Ann Atwater teamed up with an unlikely ally, KKK member C.P. Ellis, after a decade-long feud. Together, they shared a goal to reduce school violence and ensure peaceful desegregation. Atwater’s story and her friendship with Ellis is finally being told for audiences around the world in the upcoming film The Best of Enemies, starring Taraji P. Henson. Henson rose to fame with powerful roles in the television show “Empire” and the films Hidden Figures and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Join Henson, Bissell and Telson at INFORUM as they all discuss the making of the film, Atwater’s incredible life and the immense power of finding a common ground with everyone.

This conversation is moderated by Alicia Garza.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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