Shawshank Redemption
Crime Watch - African History Month
USA 1994, 142 min, Digital, Dir: Frank Darabont
  • Tuesday February 17, 2015 at 6:30PM

The multiracial Buddy Cop movie is a veritable cottage industry in the crime genre, with versions multiracial odd-couples proliferating past and present. But not all of these duos are on the enforcement side of the law. Crime Watch delves into the diversity of multiracial team-ups with the unconventional prison drama, The Shawshank Redemption. Based on a story by Stephen King, this prison film is unlike formulaic staples of the subgenre; it’s not about violence, riots, or melodrama, it’s about the unusual friendship forged between two men that transcends boundaries and defies despair. The story’s narrator, “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), is a longtime inmate and the leading entrepreneur at Shawshank prison. Andy (Tim Robbins) is a new arrival convicted of murder. Against a brutal penitential landscape, their partnership is crucial to the gradually unfolding secret at the heart of the story and the final, glorious redemption.

This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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