Join a special screening of the 2024 Academy Award-nominated short film, The Barber of Little Rock, followed by a discussion with co-director John Hoffman and the titular barber himself, Arlo Washington. This event is co-sponsored by the Presidential Initiative on Constructive Dialogue and the Melvin L. Oliver Racial Justice Initiative.
February 20, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Due to copyright restrictions we are unable to livestream the screening itself, but we will livestream the discussion with John Hoffman and Arlo Washington on this page, starting at 5:15 p.m. the day of the event:
The Barber of Little Rock explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded. Experiencing the effects of generational poverty and structural racism firsthand, Arlo understands his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas and the profound mistrust of financial institutions that have historically excluded his community from financial stability and economic mobility. Operating as the sole bank within a ten-mile radius, Arlo’s People Trust fosters economic progress for underserved and underbanked residents, providing an economic beacon of hope that could reshape the future of banking.
The film is part of the The New Yorker Documentary Series, a showcase for important short films from around the world, and is available on the magazine’s digital channels.
John Hoffman co-directed the film with Christine Turner. Hoffman is also a producer who is recognized for The Antidote (2020), Allegra’s Window (1994) and The Alzheimer’s Project (2009), among other films.