CONWAY, Ark. (March 28, 2022) – The Windgate Museum of Art (WMA) at Hendrix College, in conjunction with the Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), is proud to announce the screening of The legend of the metro April 6 at 6 p.m. This powerful documentary will be screened at the Hundley-Shell Theatre, free and open to all. The screening is part of ACS’ Dreamland film series celebrating black voices in film and WMA’s ongoing film programming. It will be followed by a Q&A with director of photography and co-producer Stephen Bailey.
“We are very pleased to partner with the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College to project The legend of the metrosaid ACS Executive Director Kathryn Tucker. “Our Dreamland film series celebrates black voices in film and shines a light on communities of color, not just in the United States, but around the world. This documentary highlights the struggles of the Black LGBTQ+ community in a powerful and intimate way. ACS is proud to have a filmmaker like Stephen Bailey return to Arkansas after his time at the Clinton School of Public Service to discuss his current work.
“The WMA is proud to partner with the Arkansas Cinema Society on this important and timely film,” said WMA Director Mary Kennedy. “Our Museum Associate in Film, JaZmyn Shambley, works with ACS to create a warm and welcoming event for all. We hope people will attend the screening and join in the discussion. We are always delighted to offer new and engaging programming. on our campus.
Premiering last year on HBO to overwhelmingly positive reviews, The legend of the metro (Giselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah, 2021) captures the violent discrimination of LGTBIQ+ people in Nigeria. Directors Bailey and Onuorah follow the lives of several young men who must choose either to live a life of fear and secrecy in Lagos, Nigeria, where homosexuality is still condemned, or to flee to the United States, where they can express their sexual identity more freely. Even though the documentary depicts harrowing moments of police brutality, there are also scenes of light-hearted humor, joy, and community bonding. The legend of the metro brings an underrepresented community and subculture to the forefront in a beautifully authentic and heartfelt way. In their struggle to live out loud in Nigeria, the subjects of this evocative documentary represent youth taking a stand for change in a way that celebrates both blackness and queerness.
About Stephen Bailey
Bailey is an award-winning Jamaican-American cinematographer and producer. His work has taken him to over 20 countries around the world covering the battle for Mosul in Iraq, humanity’s struggle to save a species in Kenya, the effects of addiction in America’s heartland and the resilience of Nigeria’s non-conformist underground community. Whether it’s brands, documentary series or feature films, Bailey has had the good fortune to work with clients such as HBO, Netflix, NatGeo, VICE and The New York Timesto share and produce stories that shine a light on the power of the human spirit, give voice to those who are underrepresented or misunderstood, and generate empathy for ourselves and each other. Bailey is a graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service.
About the Windgate Museum of Art
The Windgate Museum of Art is located on the campus of Hendrix College. With a vision to be Arkansas’ premier educational art museum, the WMA presents exceptional art exhibits, compelling educational programs, and invigorating social activities for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus. Free and open to all, the museum uses hands-on experiences to train students in all facets of museum work. The Windgate Museum of Art is made possible by the generous support of the Windgate Foundation, Alice L. Walton Foundation, Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Munro Foundation, Clarence E. Anthony Charitable Trust, and the Rebsamen Fund.
For more information on WMA programming, visit our website at windgatemuseum.org, follow @windgatemuseum on Instagram and @WMAatHDX on Facebook, or contact us at [email protected]
About the Arkansas Cinema Society
Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a film community in Arkansas where moviegoers can watch movies, share ideas, connect with each other, and nurture new filmmaking talent. and existing of our state through increased exposure to filmmakers. and their art. Subscriptions are available for the general public who want to dive into educational videos, members-only tickets, movie swag, and more. Those interested in supporting ACS can visit their website at www.arkansascinemasociety.org.