Category archives: 2019

  • Birth of Afrobeat

  • 7:00 by OPIYO OKEYO in Shorts African music pioneer, Fela Kuti once said, 'Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”. In this hybrid live-action/animated short, filmmaker Opiyo Okeyo documents drum legend Tony Allen as he recounts his contribution to the birth of Africa's most exported music genre--Afrobeat. Director Biography - Opiyo Okeyo Opiyo Okeyo is a filmmaker from Los An[...]
  • Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History

  • 01:37:38 by Aiwan O in Documentary In African homes across the world a benign textile lies unassuming and taken for granted. With a multitude of names from ‘Dutch Wax’ to ‘Liputa' and ‘Kitenge’ to ‘Ankara’ this textile has become an important part of African cultures across the diaspora. A symbol of strength and identity in the face of oppression. Surprised to learn from her Nigerian g[...]
  • Utopia

  • 15:00 by Aimiende Negbenebor Sela in Shorts In this surreal drama about self-acceptance, an aspirational sunny California blond wakes up from a coma in Uganda; and no, nothing is as it seems. Director Biography - Aimiende Negbenebor Sela Director of the award-winning short films Utopia, and Asa, A Beautiful Girl, Aimiende Negbenebor Sela, aka Aimi, is a descendant of Nigerian pare[...]
  • No me olvidaré de ti - I Will Not Forget You

  • 11:24 by laila Petrone in Shorts Still struggling with loss, a caring father and his daughter are inspired by the Christmas spirit to connect with their Puerto Rican roots by reaching out to victims of the hurricane. Director Biography - Laila Petrone Peynado Laila Petrone is an Italian/Dominican filmmaker. Born in the U.K., she was raised between Rome and Los Angeles. As a child of a[...]
  • Sarah

  • 13:00 by Charles Anderson in Shorts, Local (Bay Area) In the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, we are not informed of Sarah's reaction to the news that Abraham will sacrifice Isaac to Elohim. Sarah takes place the morning Abraham makes his announcement.
  • The Last Taboo

  • 12:40 by Emily M. Blake in Student An ode to Toni Morrison's, "The Bluest Eye," and based on a true story. The Last Taboo explores the themes of colorism and unrequited love through seventeen year old Jonathan, who goes mad after suffering intolerable rejection, humiliation, and pain. Director Biography - Emily M. Blake After graduating with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism, Emily [...]
  • The Talk

  • 7:30 by Emily M. Blake in Student For African Americans, The Talk, is about more than just the birds and the bees. On his way to a big date, seventeen year old J.J. has a talk with his dad, but Dad couldn't prepare him for this. Director Biography - Emily M. Blake After earning a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University I earned a Master's degree in Radio/TV/Film at Wayne S[...]
  • BodyMore

  • 15:01 by Shannon Shird in Shorts It's a time of mounting tension when tenacious and free-spirited political activist, Carrie Cook returns home to Baltimore to protest the acquittal of police in a public and brutal killing of a Black man. An invitation to a party from a childhood friend brings Carrie’s personal life into collision with her politics as an intimate betrayal tests her de[...]
  • Dara - The first time when I went to sky

  • 18:04 by Renato Candido De Lima in Shorts Dara is a 10-year-old black girl from the rural area of Bahia/Brazil in the 1960s. On the eve of moving to São Paulo, Dara wants to set up a swing in a cashew tree where she lives with her grandparents and her little brother. Her parents are already in São Paulo, it's time for the girl to leave. Director Biography - Renato Candido Foto ren[...]
  • Rondo: Beyond the Pavement

  • 33:11 by Scotty Herold in Student A film made by students at High School for Recording Arts in Saint Paul, MN, in partnership with Saint Paul Almanac and SPNN. In the 1920s, Rondo, Saint Paul’s largest African American neighborhood, was flourishing. With music, theatre, African American newspapers, and businesses booming, the community was thriving—until September of 1956, when constru[...]
  • "Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty"

  • 58:41 by Arielle Nobile in Documentary “Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty” shares the journey of a man who even in the face of great obstacles spreads joy wherever he goes. Follow Michael as he evolves from aspiring scientist to Black Panther Party member, from FBI target to soldier, from drug addict to health nut. The twists and turns of Michael’s life will fill you w[...]