Film Love's Civil Rights program continues 'NOW!'

The politically-charged, prototypical music video "NOW!" offers a highlight of the second half of the Film Love program 'Civil Rights on Film."

Film Love's Black History month program, "Civil Rights on Film: Rare Films on African-American Life, 1941-1967," continues on Friday and Saturday. The third evening, “The Fierce Urgency of Now” (Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m. at Eyedrum) puts the spotlight on such civil rights leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. "My Name is Jason Holliday…" (Sat., Feb. 28, 8 p.m. at Emory University’s White Hall) offers a showcase of Portrait of Jason, a recently restored, cinematic portrait of a loquacious gay cabaret performer and raconteur.

One of the shortest but liveliest films on the bill is Santiago Alvarez's six-minute "NOW!" which dates to 1965 yet qualifies as an early example of the music video form. Alvarez juxtaposes two swinging versions of "Hava Nagila" (one sung passionate political lyrics by Lena Horne) with shocking images of police brutality and other moments from the Civil Rights movement. It loses a little bit in the Youtube window, but remains a striking call to action: