February 2016
DocMiami Film Festival Newsletter

FREE Community Screening in Celebration of African American History Month and presentation of City of North Miami Beach Official Proclamation

Released in 1973 and both starring and directed by Sidney Poitier, "A Warm December" tells the story of Dr. Matt Younger (Sidney Poitier) and his daughter (Yvette Curtis) who arrive for a month-long visit to London for dirt-bike racing and unexpectedly, a new romance for the widowed Dr. Younger. His new love interest is the beautiful and playful dignitary Catherine Oswandu (Esther Anderson). But something is amiss -- strange men seem to be following her wherever she goes, and Younger assumes she's at the center of some political intrigue. His heart sinks when he learns that she has sickle cell anemia, and the men are watchdogs in the employ of her anxious father (Earl Cameron).

In celebration of African-American History Month, the screening will include a special guest film introduction by community leader and grandson of Dr. Maya Angelou, Elliott Jones.

The City of North Miami Beach  will present Anderson with an official City Proclamation declaring February 26th as "Esther Anderson Community Arts Day" on behalf of the City of North Miami Beach Cultural Committee. Anderson will be recognized for encouraging cultural events that celebrate music, film and photography and for her dedication to the arts over the past forty years.

The screening is free of charge, but space is limited. Tickets are available online at docmiami.org or littmantheater.org

Special Thank You to our Presenting Community Partner 


Q & A with Co-Star Esther Anderson 
Front Left to Right: Mirko Miljus, Honorary Consul of Jamaica in Serbia, Esther Anderson and Joy Wheeler, Ambassador of Jamaica to Germany at the 2012 Exhibition of Esther Anderson's photography in Belgrade Serbia, a highlight of Jamaica's 50th anniversary independence celebrations.
2012 Esther Anderson
Jamaican filmmaker, photographer and actress, Esther Anderson was born on August 4, 1943, in Highgate, St Mary, Jamaica. She has had roles on a number of British television shows, including Dixon of Dock Green and The Avengers. She has also played roles in movies such as Henry Levin's Genghis Khan for Columbia Pictures, Robert Freeman's The Touchables for Twentieth Century Fox, Ted Kotcheff's Two Gentlemen Sharing, Jerry Lewis's One More Time for United Artists, and Sidney Poitier's A Warm December for First Artists. In this film, her role of an African princess won her a NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in 1974. Her film-making credits includes the recent film "Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend". Esther is also the 2015 recipient of The Voice of a Woman Distinction Award for her contributions to film.

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