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February 14, 2020
Afrofuture Fridays: Watchmen (Indianapolis)
Explore the themes presented in the classic comic and HBO TV series
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Don’t have Valentine’s Day plans? Nothing says “I love you” (even as a treat to yourself) like watching the first episode of the HBO show Watchmen together. What it’s about:

The television series continues the 1987 DC Comics series Watchmen, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen takes place 34 years after the events of the comic series. Set in the comic’s alternate history of the 20th century, vigilantes, once seen as heroes, have been outlawed due to their violent methods. In 1985, Adrian Veidt, formerly known as the vigilante Ozymandias, created a fake attack on New York City by a squid-like alien that resulted in millions within New York being killed, coercing nations to work together against a common threat and to avert a nuclear holocaust. Veidt’s actions disgusted his former companions, with Rorschach planning to tell the world of Veidt’s misdeeds before he is vaporized by Doctor Manhattan, who subsequently left the planet, unaware Rorschach had sent his journal to be published beforehand.

The TV series takes place in 2019 Tulsa, Oklahoma. A white supremacist group, the Seventh Kavalry, inspired by Rorschach’s writings and masked image, wage violent war against minorities and the police that enforce special reparations for victims of racial injustice. On Christmas Eve 2016, during an event that came to be known as the “White Night”, the Kavalry attacked the homes of 40 police officers working for the Tulsa Police Department. Of those who survived, only two stayed with the force: Detective Angela Abar and Police Chief Judd Crawford. As the police force was rebuilt, laws were passed that required police to not disclose their profession and to protect their identities while on the job by wearing masks, which includes allowing for costumed police officers.

Learn about the history/background of the groundbreaking graphic novel and join a discussion about the show and what it says about the issues we face today as a culture. The program begins at 6 p.m. with an informal listening lab and connection time. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Kheprw Institute at info@kheprw.org or 317.329.4803.

This program received funding from an INcommon Grant, supported by Indiana Humanities and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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February 14, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm