Friday Buriel Clay Theater (762 Fulton Street)


Friday Buriel Clay Theater 12pm


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I Will Not Forget You
Laila Petrone Peynado
00:11:24

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.

Little Cousin
Director: Robert Everett Williams Jr.
11 min 20 sec

Isaac, a young boy obsessed with superheroes and adventure, learns the important consequences and responsibility of being a role model

Dara – The first time when I went to sky
Drama
Renato Candido
00:18:04

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.

Agwe
Ina Sotirova
00:10:00

On an utopic Caribbean island, a young priestess must overcome her insecurities, defy tradition and step into her power to save her people from impending danger.

Kitwana’s Journey
Ng’endo Mukii
00:05:45

This is the story of a boy named Kitwana, A boy who laughed and played, and went to school, and did all the things that children do. One day Kitwana’s life would change and not for the better, this however, nobody knew.

Flight
Kia Moses, Adrian McDonald
00:13:07

From Jamaica, the little island of big dreams, an inner-city youth KEMAR has the biggest dream of all – to fly to the moon.   At its core, this is a story that explores dreams bigger than us, what fuels them, what stands in the way of them, their ability to transport us and those around us, if they take FLIGHT.

 

The United States of Paranoia or: How I Stayed on the Line to Repair My Air Conditioner
Director: Rashan Castro
15 min 5 sec

A middle-aged black man struggles to raise his impressionable son, care for his cantankerous father, and deal with constant, racially charged hallucinations, all while desperately trying to repair his air conditioner on the hottest day on record.

Good Kidd
Jamari Perry
00:15:00

Justin, a smart but troubled kid that is caught between who the people around him think he should be and who he actually is.  He’s defining what manhood is as he navigates through the harsh realities of the streets of Oakland California. Justin, meets his defining moment head on when he is forced to choose between retaliation or walking away in the ultimate choice between manhood and childhood.

Total Runtime: 1:30:00

 


Friday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm


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Rondo: Beyond the Pavement
Bianca Rhodes
00:33:11

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 construction of Interstate 94 tore through the Rondo community. Rondo homeowners resisted the construction, and protests began. Residents were forcefully removed from their homes. Thousands of Rondo homeowners were displaced. Homes and successful businesses were demolished, and a community was torn apart. The construction of 94 shattered homes, businesses, and families. It did not shatter Rondo’s spirit.  These are the stories of “RONDO: Beyond the Pavement.”

Don’t Expel the Blacks   
Princess A. Hairston
00:05:00

Don’t Expel the Blacks is a short film about gentrification in Brooklyn.  Residents in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn explain the effects gentrification has on their community.

Paris Blues In Harlem    
Nadhege Ptah
00:14:05

Paris Blues in Harlem is the story of a young woman and her attempts to save her grandfather’s insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub. She has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a realtor’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left, she is faced with a choice between legacy and money.

Let This Be Therapy
Justin Leyba, Dougan Khim
00:11:29

Chicago artist Brandon Breaux, best known for his series of Chance the Rapper album covers, chronicles his mission to change the negative perception of South Side Chicago through his art, as the deadline for his first exhibition in Singapore looms.

Total Runtime: 1:05:00

 


Friday Buriel Clay Theater 3:30pm


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Song For Our People
Mustapha Khan
00:55:30

Song For Our People tells the inspiring story of a group of socially-committed professional musical artists who come together one day to create a powerful new anthem to honor their African American ancestors, and to inspire the on-going fight for social justice in America. Featuring renowned New York studio musicians, singers, a rapper and a tap dancer, the film is a celebration and testament to the power of collective action to create both art and social change.   Song For Our People… because the revolution will need a soundtrack.

Birth of Afrobeat
Documentary
Opiyo Okeyo
00:07:00

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.

Total Runtime: 1:03:00

 


Friday Buriel Clay Theater 5:00pm


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Wheels
Feature
Paul Starman
01:20:00

Wheels is a coming of age story about Max, a 19 year old from Brooklyn who wants to be a well known DJ.  He has been the sole provider for his sick grandmother, DJing parties for Oscar, a neighborhood shark. Things shift when Max’s brother Terry returns home after three years in prison, forcing Max to reconcile their relationship.

 


Friday Buriel Clay Theater 7:30pm


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Freedom’s Name is Mighty Sweet   
Joe Murphy
00:15:06

Set in 1897, this is the incredible story of Charles and Lucille Hunter, two African American prospectors in the Klondike Gold Rush. Inspired by true events, it’s a film about the power of the human spirit and how, no matter the odds, we can survive if we stick together.

Murder in Mobile
Adam Fischer
00:23:35

In 1948, in Mobile, Alabama, a black man named Rayfield Davis was beaten to death by a white man who was not prosecuted. The crime was forgotten until 2012 when a Northeastern law student was assigned to investigate – culminating in a shocking conclusion.  Murder in Mobile is a film about race, murder, and one family’s search for the truth 70 years later.

The SixTripleEight
Documentary
James William Theres
01:12:00

This documentary includes interviews with the surviving six members from the 855 women of the SixTripleEight (6888 Central Postal Directory battalion), the first, and only, all-black female battalion sent to Europe during World War II. Their mission: clear the backlog of over 17 million pieces of mail stuck in warehouses in Birmingham, England and Rouen, France. They faced racism, sexism, and the Nazis. After dodging German U-boats, they arrived in Birmingham in February 1945. They were given six months to complete the mission in each city. Both times they finished in half the time. The last of the women returned to the United States in March 1946 with little fanfare. Their story was hidden in American military history until now. On November 30, 2018, a monument was dedicated in their honor at Buffalo Soldier Park, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  On February 20, 2019, the Secretary of the Army approved the Meritorious Unit Commendation for the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion for the period of service March 4, 1945 to March 30, 1946. On February 28, 2019, Sen. Jerry Moran submitted legislation, the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019, for the unit to receive the nation’s highest civilian award.

Total Runtime: 1:52:00