On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law making June 19th a US federal holiday to remember the end of slavery in the United States. The day is know as ‘Juneteenth‘ and it originated in Galveston, Texas. The holiday has been commemorated since 1866 and observed as a celebration of African-American culture. The day is now known by its official name, ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day‘.
“I was think about the duality of the black experence. At once, it’s a place of this great hope. Which I think Juneteenth represents in one way. A celebration of us, of life, of freedom, of possibility. On the other side is incredibly difficult and there is a lot of pain. And they kind of walk hand in hand.“
– Nia DaCosta, Director
Today, director Nia DaCosta released a message about her thoughts of Juneteenth and how it connects to her upcoming film, ‘Candyman‘. The video message also contains some behind-the-scenes footage and insight to the film. Check out the video below!!!
Candyman will be in Theaters August 27, 2021.