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Gibbes Film in Focus: Passing Strange

October 1, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Gibbes Museum of Art


Whether a classic noir or a cutting-edge documentary, the Gibbes believes in the power of great filmmaking: to bring people together, to put audiences in touch with new ideas, and to celebrate the diversity of the human experience.

Join us this fall for the second installment in our film series Gibbes Films in Focus: Passing Strange where we’ll explore the perils of race-passing, a genre of American cinema that from the film adaptation of Show Boat starring Ava Gardner to Julie Dash’s 1982 independent film Illusions has long captivated American audiences.

$10 Adults | $5 Students/Faculty with Valid ID

*A 3% credit card fee will apply

October 1 | 6:30PM Screening An Imitation of Life directed by John M. Stahl (111 minutes)


A widow (Claudette Colbert) builds up a business, aided by a black woman (Louise Beavers) with an incorrigible, fair-skinned daughter (Fredi Washington). The two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Watch the trailer.