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Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon & the Hamon Arts Library present
The Blood of Jesus
Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Reception- 6:30pm Screening- 7:00pm Discussion- 8:00pm
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Rick Worland, SMU Professor of Cinema-TV

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Hughes-Trigg Theater
Southern Methodist University

This is a free screening. Please be sure to arrive early. Seating is first-come, first-serve and not guaranteed.

For more information, please call 214.768.3225 or visit

Written and directed by pioneering independent filmmaker Spencer Williams,
The Blood of Jesus (1941) was made specifically for African-American audiences in
segregated movie theaters. The film features Williams and a cast of amateurs in the
moving and entertaining story of one couple’s struggle with virtue and sin. The Blood
of Jesus remains one of the most highly regarded films of Williams’ career, and it was
placed in the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991. The print shown at
this screening was preserved through a grant from the National Film Preservation