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Run Time: 95 minutes
Who owns the rights to the violence of the past? Is it the victim or the perpetrator? No one wants to know the answer to this question more than Tamara Lanier. In FREE RENTY: LANIER V. HARVARD, Lanier is desperately trying to get her great-great-great grandfather’s daguerreotype out of Harvard’s possession. Renty, an enslaved man, was forced to pose for this photo in 1850 for the purposes of proving that African Americans are an inferior race by zoologist Louis Agassiz. In 2019 Lanier sued the university in hopes of gaining these photos of her relative. After all, this is her history, and why should Harvard continue to own it? Renty did not have a say if he wanted to be photographed or not. If he refused, he would have certainly received a harsh and inhumane punishment. The case is still ongoing, but this documentary provides an excellent look into the lawsuit and why it is important for our country to own up to our turbulent past. —N.A.
Mimi Ohio Theatre
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 4:55 PM
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 11:45 AM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
46th CIFF College Program
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition