Based on the autobiographical 1959 novel by E.R. Braithwaite, To Sir, with Love stars Sidney Poitier as an idealistic Guyanese immigrant and aspiring engineer who takes a job teaching a rough group of white high school students from London’s East End slums. The film shines a light on race, sex, and class issues during a time of rapid social change. (NR, 105 minutes.)
The film will be introduced by Arisa White, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the English department at Colby College.
This screening is presented in conjunction with the Colby Museum exhibition Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, on view February 20 through June 7, 2020. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1959 but raised in Guyana—a British colony until 1970—Locke often sailed between the UK and South America during his childhood. Locke’s works focus on maritime vectors of mercantilism, colonialism, post-colonialism, migration, and diaspora. This screening is free and open to all.
The Museum, in collaboration with Railroad Square Cinema, presents this series of films related to current exhibitions and collections.