Church of Film presents Nothing But A Man

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Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema programmed and hosted by local cinephile Muriel Lucas.

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Other locations include Century Bar on Sandy Boulevard and the Psychic Bar on Mississippi Avenue. Check the CofF Facebook page for more information about other screenings.

Church of Film presents Nothing But A Man


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NOTHING BUT A MAN was Malcolm X's favorite film, an independent production spearheaded by Holocaust survivors that was shut out of distribution in the midst of the Civil Rights era, and rarely seen. Starring the great Ivan Dixon (later director of The Spook Who Sat By the Door) and Abbey Lincoln.

Nothing But a Man
Michael Roemer
United States
95 minutes

Duff, an itinerant railroad worker, stops in Birmingham long enough to fall in love with Josie, a teacher. They begin dating, and he entertains the idea of settling down and starting a family. But there are barriers—he has a son already, an alcoholic father, and more than that, he has principles that call on him to resist racial oppression and the social conventions expected of Black men in the American South.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.