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A Spring Salute To Sidney Poitier

ARRAY hosted a special tribute to extraordinary screen star Mr. Sidney Poitier. Opening the doors to Amanda Cinema, we showcased two of Mr. Poitier’s classic films, NO WAY OUT and PARIS BLUES.

The one-day double feature showing was planned in conjunction with the ARRAY 101 (link out) initiative to support the launch of the newest learning companion for the three-part docu-series THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US. For the first time, post-screening, we hosted breakout groups called “Cinema Chats” which were designed to engage audiences in robust discussions with other film goers and ARRAY staff about the themes explored in the learning companion and within the films shown.

“They’ve Gotta Have Us” Learning Guide:

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Featured Films

NO WAY OUT (1950) | Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz
PARIS BLUES (1961) | Directed by Martin Ritt


In Sidney Poitier’s first feature film NO WAY OUT, a hospital’s only Black doctor is assigned to treat two white brothers who have been shot. When one dies on the operating table, it causes tension within the town that could start a race riot.


In a potent collision of race, romance and jazz, PARIS BLUES chronicles the passionate relationship of two couples embarking on intellectual and artistic adventures in turbulent times.

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Photographed by Skandia Shafer