Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom Screening

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 75 min. | Documentary

June 4, 2023 1:00pm - 2:45pm

Travel through Texas to discover the true story of Juneteenth.

Event Details

Join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Texas Spirit Theater for a free screening of Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom. This poignant documentary is an exploration of the history of Juneteenth that began in Galveston, Texas. Discover how Juneteenth reveals a faith stronger than suffering.

Following the screening, enjoy a panel discussion with the filmmakers Ya’Ke Smith, Rasool Berry, and Mary Beth Minnis. The conversation will be moderated by community advocate and creative activist Virginia Cumberbatch.

Educators, to receive CPE credit please email Education@TheStoryofTexas.com

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Director: Ya'ke Smith
Writer: Rasool Berry
Starring: Rasool Berry, Lecrae, Opal Lee
Runtime: 75 min.
Genre: Documentary
Release year: 2022


About the Filmmakers

Rasool Berry writer, producer, and host of Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom, serves as teaching pastor at The Bridge Church in Brooklyn, New York. He also is the Director of Partnerships & Content Development with Our Daily Bread Ministries. Rasool graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies and Sociology. Rasool is a sought-after writer on the intersection of faith and culture. He’s the host of the Christianity Today sponsored Where Ya From? Podcast. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Tamica, and their daughter.

Mary Beth Minnis producer, has worked on several feature-length and short documentaries and produced eight documentary films including Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story, Unforgivable, and Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom. She is also an Executive Producer on the Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom accompanying soundtrack. Mary Beth is thrilled to have been a part of presenting these films to audiences around the world. While she appreciates the glowing receptions of the documentaries and the international attention they have received, it is the sparking of hope and the beginning of important conversations with life-changing consequences that keeps Mary Beth in the documentary film world.

Ya’Ke Smith director, is known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling and is a rising voice in independent cinema. Ya’Ke graduated with his B.A. from the Communication Arts Department at the University of The Incarnate Word, where he later became the youngest recipient of the Alumni of Distinction for Professional Achievement award. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s film program, where he is currently an Associate Professor of film and also served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Moody College of Communication. He was previously the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at the University of Texas at Arlington. Variety magazine named him one of the best film educators in the world.

Virginia Cumberbatch, moderator, is a storyteller, racial justice educator, and organizer. Virginia’s work sits at the intersection of community advocacy and creative activism. Virginia holds a BA in history from Williams College and a MA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She served as the director of community engagement and social equity at The University of Texas. She serves as a racial justice educator, advising several organizations including the World Economic Forum, and has spoken around the world at programs like SXSW and the Social Impact Festival and more. She co-authored the book As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at The University of Texas. Cumberbatch is the recipient of several honors, including Anti-Defamation League’s Social Justice Award, Austin 40 Under 40, and The University of Texas Outstanding Young Texas Exes award.  

About Film Programs

Film programs at the Bullock Museum seek to connect the public with filmmakers and their art that you won't find just anywhere. From Texas-specific titles to films from around the globe, these programs will open up a world of stories and culture for visitors. The Bullock Museum is committed to sharing the work of filmmakers of all backgrounds and identities.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). Please note that visitors under age fifteen must be accompanied by someone age sixteen or older. For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.

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Banner image courtesy Our Daily Bread Ministries

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