When I Rise


February 5, 2023 at 11:30am & 2:00pm

Join us for free screenings of the true story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a courageous Black Texan who overcame discrimination to become a civil rights pioneer and international opera star.

Event Details

The year is 1957 and at the University of Texas, gifted opera singer and student, Barbra Smith Conrad, is abruptly expelled from the cast of the opera Dido and Aeneas. The reason was simply because she was a Black woman who was to star opposite a white male classmate. This East Texas native faced discrimination and racism to emerge and become an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano with a long and storied career. Don't miss the true story of this truly courageous Texan. This film is recommended for ages 13 and up.

When I Rise was produced by the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin and premiered on Independent Lens on PBS.

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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.

Film Credits

Rating: PG
Director: Mat Hames
Runtime: 74 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Release Year: 2011

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