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In honor of Black History Month, several film screenings will be held this week, exploring the range and depth of the experiences of humans of African descent. The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) will host the first four listed here, at $5 per screening. For more information, call 258-0400, or visit thelittle.org.

Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.: A combination of found-footage and interviews, "Let the Fire Burn" is about a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE, which came to a deadly climax on May 13, 1985. A free Skype Q&A session with director Jason Osder will follow the film.

Friday, February 21, 7 p.m.: In "Mother of George," Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, is having trouble conceiving a child, which leads Adenike to make a decision that could either save or destroy her family.

Saturday, February 22, 3 p.m.: "The Throwaways" tells the story of homeless filmmaker and ex-felon Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, while battling the social stigma of being formerly incarcerated. McKinley will host a free discussion after the film.

Sunday, February 23, 7 p.m.: In "War Witch," 14-year-old Komona tells her story to her unborn child. Kidnapped by the rebel army at age 12, she was forced to carry an AK 47 and kill. Despite the horrors and daily grind of war, she falls in love with Magician, a 15-year-old boy who wants to marry her.

In 1963, 32 girls in Americus, Georgia, ranging in age from 10 to 16, were imprisoned in an old Civil War Bunker in Leesburg, following their arrest at a civil-rights protest. The girls were held for 42 days without their families knowing where they were, or if they were even alive. Learn the rest of the story on Sunday, February 23, when First Baptist Church of Rochester (175 Allens Creek Road) hosts a 6:30 p.m. screening of "LuLu and the Girls of Americus," a film by Travis Lewis.

Following the screening, LuLu Westbrook-Griffin will tell her personal story, sing some Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SSNC, pronounced "snick") civil-rights protest songs that the girls had learned, and answer questions. There will be popcorn and refreshments served and the evening is free and open to the public. For more information, call 244-2468.

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