The city of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will feature a free panel discussion and film screening of “Tsirk (Circus)” on Friday, Feb. 28, in the City Council chambers.
The Soviet era musical comedy, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simko, tells the story of Marion (Lyubov Orlova), an American circus artist who flees to Russia after being persecuted because of her mixed-race child (James Lloydovich Patterson). Although the film is described as a light-hearted circus romance, it explores themes of interracial relationships, racism in America and the rise of global white supremacy in the 1930s.
Opening remarks will be held at 7 p.m., followed by the film screening and a panel discussion. West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers are located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is requested by visiting bit.ly/HRSS-2020Feb28.