"The Tuskegee Airmen," a 1995 movie filmed in Arkansas at Fort Chaffee, will be shown at the El Dorado Conference Center on Thursday evening, April 24 at 6:00. It is a historical drama about the first African-American pilots in the U.S. military. In 1942, a group of college graduates were selected for training as pilots in the Army Air Corps at the Tuskegee training base. The film screening is sponsored by South Arkansas Community College and is free to the public.
In World War II, the Tuskegee, Alabama army airfield was where the first black army fighter pilots were trained. This dramatization of real events follows one man, Hannibal Lee, through training to impossibly high standards, Congressional maneuvering, months of no air-combat action, and finally acceptance and decoration as one of the 332nd Fighter Group, who never lost a bomber to enemy action. The Tuskegee Airmen broke the color barrier and ultimately gained the respect they deserved.
Laurence Fishburne heads an all-star cast. The HBO film won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Television Movie and three Emmy Awards. Parental discretion is advised because of strong language.
This is a free showing of the movie and is an effort to build an awareness of the film industry developing in Arkansas. South Arkansas Community College offers a degree in Performance and Media Arts, which includes concentrations in drama, music, and film. The college is now offering courses in film production and will offer additional courses in the summer and fall.
Free popcorn and soft drinks will be served at the movie.