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SPECIAL SCREENING : ‘Cry of Reason’ Premieres Tonight

Robert Bilheimer’s “The Cry of Reason,” which screens tonight at the Nuart at 8 as a premiere to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, is a stirring portrait of Dr. Christiaan Frederick Beyers Naude, an Afrikaner clergyman and high-ranking member of the white South African Establishment who over the last 25 years has become a courageous anti-apartheid activist, one of the few whites trusted by South Africa’s oppressed blacks.

In this fine, understated documentary, the patrician Beyers Naude tells of the awakening of his conscience, the great price that has exacted--social ostracism and repeated bannings--and the fulfillment that his commitment to freedom and justice has brought him.

Ticket information: (213) 825-3995.

On Friday, “The Cry of Reason” will begin a one-week Oscar qualifying run at the Roxie Theater on South Broadway at 11 a.m. only.

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