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Miracle at St. Anna 

Gen. Colin Powell was able to rise to the top ranks of the military because the armed forces made one of the nation's most successful efforts to create a color-blind system of merit-based advancement. But that wasn't always the case. Army units were not integrated during World War II. Director Spike Lee's Miracle of St. Anna, based on James McBride's novel of the same name, follows men from the 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers after they slip behind enemy lines in Italy. Lee tells the story in flashback, and he includes direct references to the war epics that featured all-white casts. The drama, however, is about the soldiers' efforts to save an Italian boy. Terence Blanchard wrote the score for the film. The New Orleans Afrikan Film Fest takes a break from its schedule of African films to screen St. Anna in advance of Veterans Day (Nov. 11). There is a brief dance performance by Nanette Ledet before the film. Admission is free. — Will Coviello

7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7

Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 202-6459; www.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

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