Covey, History Center to screen 'Darkest Hour'

Submitted photoGuests will be invited to tour the Roberts’ family bomb shelter during the reception which will take place before the screening

THOMASVILLE — Covey Film Festival and the Thomasville History Center are partnering to screen “Darkest Hour” on Tuesday, May 7 at the History Center beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m.

During the reception guests will be invited to tour the Roberts’ family bomb shelter, which is a relic of the Cold War period following World War II.

Originally this screening was scheduled for Covey’s festival last October but Hurricane Michael forced its cancellation.

“Darkest Hour” is the true story of the spring in 1940 prior to England’s entry into WWII. Winston Churchill (played by Gary Oldman) faces a difficult decision: whether to explore negotiating a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or standing with the goals of a democratic government.

The U.S. had not yet entered the war and the King of England and many of Churchill’s own party were opposed to going to war. The film depicts Churchill’s efforts to withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation and attempt to change the course of world history.

Following the film there will be a discussion led by local historians or family members of veterans of WWII in the European theater. Jack Hadley will speak about the experience of the Tuskegee airmen and Sharon Maxwell-Ferguson will speak about her father’s experience as a German POW with exhibits.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold prior to the screening or online at coveyfilmfestival.org.

Covey Film Festival is the signature fundraising event for the Thomasville Community Resource Center and all proceeds will go to TCRC.

For more information email smaxwellferguson@gmail.com.

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