Directed by the blacklisted John Berry, the romantic comedy Claudine stars Diahann Carroll as a single mom in Harlem living on welfare with six kids. Her life is one of daily negotiations with “the system”—both comical and frustrating—as even a low-paying job or marriage to her boyfriend (James Earl Jones) could impact her benefits due to government program rules. Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced the film’s score and soundtrack, with vocals by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Carroll received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance. (92 mins., 4K DCP)
A conversation led by Simone Drake, chair of Ohio State’s Department of African American and African Studies, follows the screening.