DECEMBER 22, 2021 | 5pm


Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson stars as the legendary “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin in Respect. Inspired by the musical legend who helped shape her own career, Ms. Hudson learned to play the piano and performed each of Ms. Franklin’s iconic songs live. As a child, Aretha is a beacon of light in her father’s church choir; as an adult, she overcomes controlling men and inner demons. Empowered by friend and mentor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she becomes a civil rights activist and through a spiritual journey finds her voice.

The screening will be followed by a post-screening conversation with a featured talent Jennifer Hudson. Moderated by Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Vice President for Cultural Affairs for Arizona State University, Executive Director of ASU Gammage, Co-chair of ASU Advisory Council on African American Affairs.

Short Film Pairing - Livin' in the Light (Dir. Hannah Hefner & Emmanuel Henreid), 4 Min/USA) - A music video for a new original single by Onry, who has been singing in Portland during quarantine and leading civil rights protests as one of the only Black male professional opera singers in the Pacific Northwest.

This screening of RESPECT is part of the Film at LACMA Black Joy and Resilience Film Series in conjunction with the Obama Portraits/ Black American Portraits exhibitions at LACMA presented in partnership with ASU Film Spark, the Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and NewFilmmakers LA.

RSVPs will close two hours prior to showtime. Viewing instructions will be sent to the provided email just prior to the scheduled start time. The film will be available until midnight, Sunday, December 26.