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(WBIR - Downtown Knoxville) East Tennessee residents have a chance Thursday night to get a sneak peak at a new film about the memory of president John F. Kennedy.

The East Tennessee History Center will screen part of the new four-hour PBS documentary titled "JFK." The film was created in honor of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death.

Before the two-part film premieres, East Tennessee will get a chance to watch the second hour of the program, which highlight's Kennedy's civil rights role and relationship with Jacqueline Kennedy.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and the screening is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, located at 601 S. Gay Street. The event is free and open to all ages.

Following the film, a panel question and answer session will be held. Panelists include: UT political science professor Anthony Nownes, Jodie Hansen (author of "November 22, 1963: Ordinary and Extraordinary People Recall Their Reactions When They Heard the News"), and Jack Neely (Metro Pulse associate editor and Knoxville historian).

The full two-night documentary will air nationwide on November 11 and 12, 9-11 pm (ET).