21CF and AMC Theatres team up to offer free screenings of ‘The Hate U Give’ to communities across the U.S.

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Twentieth Century Fox Film and AMC Theatres are joining forces to provide underserved young people across the country access to the powerful new film “The Hate U Give” as a tool for driving empowerment, empathy and dialogue. The studio and theatre chain are hosting free screenings in nine metro areas during the film’s limited release at 11 a.m. local time, Saturday, Oct. 6: Atlanta; Baltimore; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

“The Hate U Give” is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and features Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter, supported by Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie Thomas. Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, and now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, she must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Students and youth-serving organizations are encouraged to reserve tickets here to attend a free screening in one of the nine cities above.

The limited-release series kick off a campaign to bring up to 50 screenings to communities around the country and amplify the film’s call for youth to find their voice and change the world. Schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations should apply by Oct. 22, 2018, for free screenings for their students and members.

Individuals interested in supporting screenings for classrooms around the country can contribute via DonorsChoose; parent company 21st Century Fox will match donations up to $25,000. In addition to applying for screenings, educators are invited to download a complimentary curriculum guide for middle school, high school and college students. “The Hate U Give” lesson plans – including video clips, interviews and photos from the film – are designed to meet Common Core and NCSS standards.

“The Hate U Give” community screenings campaign follows an effort last year by Twentieth Century Fox Film to expose more youth to “Hidden Figures” and the previously untold story of the African-American female mathematicians who were pivotal in NASA’s success during the 1960-70s’ Space Race. Over 7,000 groups applied for screenings and 6,300 tickets were given out as part of the program.

“The Hate U Give” will be shown in select theatres beginning Oct. 5, and everywhere Oct. 19.

A version of this post originally appeared on the 21CF Social Impact blog.