Bring some joy into your holiday season with World Community’s film series screening of River City Drumbeat (95 min), online from Dec. 26 – Dec 29th.
The film is a reminder that there is kindness, compassion, and community in this world. This is a powerful story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South. Edward “Nardie” White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors.
The drum corps is more than a music group. The kids learn to use tools to build and decorate their own drums. They are encouraged to keep up with their school work or to get extra help from volunteer tutors involved in the program. Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, takes up the mantle when Nardie prepares to retire. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes. River City Drumbeat follows this creative community making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams. Inspiring!