DocMiami Film Festival Partners with City of North Miami Beach to Present “A Warm December"

In celebration of African-American History Month, Special Guest and Sidney Poitier Co-Star, Esther Anderson to Receive Proclamation
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Feb. 4, 2016 - PRLog -- DocMiami Film Festival is partnering with the city of North Miami Beach to present a special screening of “A Warm December” in celebration of African-American History Month. The film, which stars Sidney Poitier and Esther Anderson, will be featured on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater and Conference Center, centrally located at 17011 NE 19th Ave, North Miami Beach.

Special Guest Esther Anderson will be in attendance and will host a Q&A session immediately following the film.

Released in 1973 and both starring and directed by Miami native, Sidney Poitier,  “A Warm December” tells the story of  Dr. Matt Younger (Sidney Poitier) and his daughter (Yvette Curtis) who arrive for a month-long visit to London for dirt-bike racing and unexpectedly, a new romance for the widowed Dr. Younger. His new love interest is the beautiful and playful dignitary Catherine Oswandu (Esther Anderson). But something is amiss -- strange men seem to be following her wherever she goes, and Younger assumes she's at the center of some political intrigue. His heart sinks when he learns that she has sickle cell anemia, and the men are watchdogs in the employ of her anxious father (Earl Cameron).

In celebration of African-American History Month, the screening will include a special guest film introduction by community leader and grandson of Dr. Maya Angelou, Elliott Jones.

Councilwoman Barbara Kramer will present Anderson with an official City Proclamation declaring February 26th as “Esther Anderson Community Arts Day” on behalf of the City of North Miami Beach Cultural Committee. Anderson will be recognized for encouraging cultural events that celebrate music, film and photography and for her dedication to the arts over the past forty years.

When asked about the special screening of the film forty-three years after its initial release, Monica Valdes, Director of the DocMiami Film Festival, said, “All beautiful art stands the test of time and it’s important to share films such as Poitier’s ‘A Warm December’ with younger generations to foster an appreciation of the art of filmmaking.  We are honored to recognize Poitier’s contributions to the film as well as Anderson’s lifetime dedication to the arts.”

The screening s free of charge, but space is limited. Tickets are available online at or

Aileen Abella

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