In February, Belfast Free Library’s free film series Friday Night Flicks will honor Black History Month with four films, two fictional and two documentary, that reflect on the African-American experience. Friday Night Flicks are shown in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St. All films begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

The series will begin Feb. 5 with 1989’s “Glory.” Denzel Washington rose to stardom and won an Oscar with his role in this powerful Civil War epic as a member of the first unit of Black soldiers to see combat in the fight for their people’s freedom. Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick also star. The film, directed by Edward Zwick, is based on the letters of Robert Gould Shaw, the company’s commander.

Everyone knows the names Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, but what about the talented musicians who made their success possible? The stirring documentary/performance film “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown,” set for Feb. 12, chronicles the reunion of Motown’s Funk Brothers who played on more No. 1 hits than the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Elvis and the Rolling Stones combined. “Standing In The Shadow Of Motown” was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as the best non-fiction film of 2002.

Another non-fiction film will be shown on Feb. 19. “When We Were Kings,” winner of the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary, is the story of the 1974 Rumble In The Jungle heavyweight championship battle between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman. One does not have to be a boxing fan to be fascinated by this look at the intersection of sports, politics and celebrity. Sometimes a sporting event can be about much more than who wins and who loses.

Finally, Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” from 1989 will be presented on Feb. 26. Lee’s most sensational and controversial film is as relevant today as it was on its release. A great ensemble cast including Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro weaves the story of the many conflicts on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the year. “Do The Right Thing” is an unflinching examination of racial relations and urban violence.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to