Join a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Looking for Ms. Locklear” on Friday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. This feature-length movie follows North Carolina filmmakers and lifelong friends Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal on their remarkable journey to find their first-grade teacher, Ms. Locklear. Their search led to the Lumbee tribe in North Carolina. The Lumbee tribe is prominently featured in the movie, much of which takes place in Pembroke, Robeson County.
Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door, and free to anyone with the last name Locklear (picture ID required). A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow the movie. To reserve tickets, call 919-807-7992. Parking is free.
McLaughlin and Neal’s friendship began in Ms. Locklear’s class, when they had to miss recess together. In 2006, more than 20 years later, they set out to find their beloved teacher. The film duo decided to avoid modern forms of communication and rely solely on face-to-face conversations to guide them.
McLaughlin and Neal arrived in Pembroke at the height of the Lumbee tribe’s century-long struggle for equality and recognition. The film conveys how the community is united and determined to gain the equality it deserves.
The filmmakers met and interviewed many unforgettable individuals who shared captivating stories about the tribe’s culture and history. With compassion and humor, the documentary expertly connects the film duo’s search for a teacher with the tribe’s search for identity.
“Looking for Ms. Locklear” has won multiple film awards, including the 2008 Southern Lens Award for the Best Southern Film. For more details about the film, visit www.locklearmovie.com.
The movie screening takes place one day before the museum’s 14th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This lively festival will feature musicians, dancers, artists and storytellers from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes. With activities for all ages, this is an event for the entire family. Admission and parking are free.
For information about the museum, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across the Wilmington Street.
The N.C. Museum of History‘s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The department’s Web site is www.ncculture.com.
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