Updated: Feb 21, 2020
New York, NY (February 17, 2020) - As we reflect on President's Day, Writer, Director & Executive Producer Nathan Hale Williams premieres his current film BURDEN in Chicago on Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 PM at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, with a conversation after the film. Visit Black Alphabet www.blackalphabet.org to reserve tickets.
BURDEN tells the story of Bennett Lewis; a highly successful and highly educated family man who in spite of his success still has to deal with the perils of being a Black man in America starring Nic Few, Pauletta Washington & Asha Kamali.
"Like the majority of people, I am very disturbed by what is going on in America. For people of color it is no shock to us that racism, discrimination and inequality are alive, widespread and strong", says Williams. "With this film, my goal is to show a day in the life of Black and brown men in America through the eyes of Bennett. This film chronicles all of the macro and micro aggression we face just walking through life - no matter your status, success or anything personal about you."
Notwithstanding the seriousness of the underlying issues, BURDEN is not heavy-handed in the delivery of the "message," but instead skillfully infuses comedy into the real life scenarios that Bennett encounters throughout his day culminating in a dramatic moment that any person - man or woman, black or white - can understand.
What's the social impact and importance? Karamo Brown, Richard E. Pelzer II, James Cole, Jr. & D'angelo Thompson the Executive Producers of BURDEN created #MyBurdenIsYourBurden a digital native social media campaign intended to give a visual and video platform to Black men and men of color to share their stories of race, bias and discrimination in American society. The core mission of the campaign is to build empathy for these issues many of which are unique to men of color. By sharing their stories, the campaign not only seeks to point out these injustices, but also to uplift, empower and heal our society as a whole through the art of storytelling.
The goal, to have 100,000+ men sharing their stories across all of the campaign and partner platforms to build a diverse community of action takers that move our society toward true inclusiveness and equality. The campaign is built on the premise that we are all connected and what burdens one group burdens us all.