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Democrats Abroad Film Festival

In the 1967 classic “In the Heat of the Night,” the late Sidney Poitier broke new ground with this remarkable film. It tackled racism head-on during a summer in which there were over 150 race riots in the U.S.

The movie portrays a tough, edgy Southern town filled with contempt for blacks—and the serendipitous appearance of a black detective who is falsely accused of murder, then assigned to help the racist police chief solve it. It’s a task both men despise. There is no conversion here—but there is acceptance.

Poitier said he’d do the film only when the director agreed that after being slapped by a white man, he could slap him back—and that the scene would remain wherever the movie played.  White audiences were stunned. Blacks cheered.

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“In the Heat of the Night” (110 minutes) screens Sunday, April 3, 1:30 p.m. at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias in Ajijic. Tickets: 150 pesos. Mask and proof of vaccination required; all COVID protocols followed.

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