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Poetic Justice

Friday, Oct 6 at 6:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

The Friday, October 6, 6:00 p.m. screening will be preceded by a spoken word showcase with poets King Kamayera and Sabreen Jolley in collaboration with community partner African Peach Arts Coalition and will take place in the Redstone Theater.

The Saturday, October 7 screening will take place in the Bartos Screening Room. (Please note: Ashley Clark is not longer able to introduce this screening.)

Dir. John Singleton. 1993, 109 mins. Restored 4K DCP approved by Singleton. With Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Tyra Ferrell, Joe Torry, Q-Tip. An unforgettable romantic drama, Poetic Justice was the second feature by Singleton after his Oscar-nominated breakthrough Boyz n the Hood. Known for casting rappers in starring roles, Singleton here allows Tupac Shakur’s talent and versatility to shine as aspiring musician and postal worker Lucky. Poet and hairdresser Justice (Jackson, in an exquisitely subtle performance) is at first disgusted by Lucky’s flirtatious pursuits, yet when she is asked by her friend Iesha (King) to join him on a road trip from South Central to Oakland, Justice starts to emotionally open herself up to the world around her. Poetic Justice introduced a new generation to the work of Maya Angelou, whose poetry flows throughout the film’s soundtrack and who also makes a cameo. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, this Singleton classic still resonates. 

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.