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THURS | JUNE 16TH | COPPOLA THEATER | 6PM-9PM | OPENING NIGHT
A journey that opens in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and ends in Los Angeles, California, Lambadina addresses the yin and yang of misfortune and fortune.
Following the life of Joseph, we see a boy consistently faced with overwhelming tragedy. A son losing a father, a young man losing a lover, an Ethiopian losing his culture… yet through these challenges, he is resilient.
In this inspiring tale, the significance of perspective is shown. Lambadina is a film that highlights the struggles of love while depicting the challenges of the Ethiopian/African immigrant establishing life in a foreign land
Muhammad Ali’s impact extends beyond the ropes of the ring – his legacy as a civil rights and world leader was emboldened by the racial injustices of childhood. This documentary examines Ali’s life from the impact of his early years to the humanitarian efforts of his later life.
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FRI | YOSHI’S | 12PM-2PM TORN (32M)
short (32min) Korey and Angela have been in love for the past 5 years. Korey is now ready to take their relationship to the next level but Angela doesn’t share the same sentiment.
shorts (21min) Proudly independent Madison, has a firm routine in place for family, job, and sleep, until a quick trip to her doctor destroys her routine and leaves her with a burden that’s too heavy to carry alone.
short (13min) Cassandra’s first day at her dream job turns into a nightmare when Jordan, in human resources, makes an unreasonable demand of her
short (25min) Beverley follows a mixed race girl’s struggles to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape, 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present – a threat that extends beyond her own safety – more importantly she must protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile, Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.
short (10min) Los Angeles, 1991. The streets have become a hotbed of racial tension and hate about to burst … Today is an important day for Eladio: he is going to avenge the death of his older brother. Within minutes he will find out that he is not the only one who has reasons to kill someone.
FRI | YOSHI’S | 2PM-4PM
short (16min) Two African American sisters grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia. But one is born with fair skin and when schools integrate in their small town, she decides to change her destiny – by passing for white.
shorts (8min) Interpretation of the poem by Abel Meeropol in modern times, October travels down Middle American Main Street and finds himself trapped in a fatal cycle. At the end of the day, Who is to Blame? The Fruit or the Root?
feature (80min USA) Verona, a beautiful young woman in antebellum Georgia, is born into to a prominent family. Yet, being of mixed-race, she is made a slave by her own father, and is forbidden to love anyone, slave or free. Becoming infatuated by a young slave, Verona is, soon after, forced by her circumstances to come to terms with the futility of her new romance
FRI | YOSHI’S | 4PM-6PM
feature – comedy (98min) Best friends, Jerico Walker and Jarvis Cook , set out on the morning of the signing of the civil rights act of 1964 with aspirations to capture the newly available Paper Press Manager promotion
short (12min USA) In this modern day silent comedy, an adorable little guy named DONOVAN goes on a shopping trip with his family and spots a pair of boots that he simply must have. After being told no, he throws an epic tantrum which results in him spending the summer learning a lesson he’ll never forget…be careful what you ask for.
FRI | AAACC | 6PM-9:30PM
BLACK FUTURIST | FRI | AAACC | PART OF THE 6PM-9:30PM BLOCK
Synopsis on Hot Comb: The Masquerade | 13:29 | Directed by Karen Seneferu
Hot Comb: The Masquerade is a short silent video that will be developed into a full length film. It is a 7 chapter narrative about how spiritual ancestors return to various historical sites both within and outside of the Black community in the Bay Area
The first chapter focuses on the merging of these spirits by the Goddess Oshun to transform these spaces from memorial to healing.
Synopsis on The Black Woman is God Documentary | Directed by Idris Hassan
The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming That God Code” is a film that documents an art project that is becoming a spiritual and artistic movement. The film captures some of the most important Black women who are artists, activists, and community stewards that have shaped the landscape of the Bay Area and the world. The film captures what is means to use art as a vehicle to change the cultural reality of the Black community by presenting the iconography of God being Black and female with the intention of bringing the the community back in harmony with itself.
VIEW TRAILER HERE: https://youtu.be/OmgHWKkSAbc
NOLA CIRCUS chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of a black neighborhood in Algiers Point (New-Orleans), the lives that intercross around two barber shops facing each other on the main street. On one side there is Will, a black hairdresser who preaches against racial prejudices while having a secret affair with Nola, a young white woman who is dreaming of Broadway.
On the other, there is Marvin, well known sex addict who’s having a passionate affair with Karen, a small time pot dealer. The tensions sharpen on the day when Denzel, Nola’s super protective brother starts sinking into the compulsive jealousy, the day when three Ku Klux Klan members show up at Will’s place to kidnap him.
VIEW TRAILER HERE: https://youtu.be/OmgHWKkSAbc
Beeda Weeda | VIDEO
Music Video Showcase & Panel | TBA
Cora, an African American woman living in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1966, owns and operates “Cora’s Place”, a “Colored Only” dinner, while raising a son and supporting her gambling addicted husband, Winston. Because she feeds a poor white man, the racist town sheriff invades the restaurant and beats her patrons, threatening to shut her down. Cora finds solace in the courage of friend Charles but knows the peace is temporary. At home Winston accuses her of infidelity with Charles and violently attacks her when she protests that he gambles her money away. When Charles stumbles into the restaurant beaten nearly to death, and Cora learns Winston did this, not the sheriff, she faces the truth that living free means leaving all behind.
short (12min) A couple confronts their differences through a seemingly innocent game of ‘would you rather?’
short(16min) when an inspiring singer Jessica is romantically interested in a blind man, Ethan, they’ll soon to discover the spirit of their new found relationship.
Two South African families live in self imposed exile in London. Muzikhayise Dube and his daughter Nomaliso arrived in the 80’s after her father was killed by the security police. With his dying wish he implored his younger brother to keep his daughter safe. Gerri van Staaden and his son Ryan came over in the 90’s because Gerrie, a member of the Bureau of State Security, was afraid of reprisals for his actions during Apartheid. Ryan and Lizzie fall in love and the film negotiates the couple’s trials at the hand of their elders.
A young Nigerian man is forced to address a secret he has harboured from his parents during a traditional, family gathering.
SAT | AAACC |12PM-2PM
short (7min) Four black college freshman walk into a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi. Their mission is to defy the sign proclaiming, ‘Whites Only.’
short (40min) The story is about a young man and woman who are in a great relationship with nothing but smiles and joy, until they stumble across a bumpy spot in their situation and their relationship is tested.
student (20min) Mississippi, 1955: After her son is kidnapped and brutally murdered, a mother fights to have an open-casket funeral in order to expose the ugly racial problems facing the country at that time.
documentary (16min) Muhammad Ali’s impact extends beyond the ropes of the ring – his legacy as a civil rights and world leader was emboldened by the racial injustices of childhood.
HUEY & LOUIS (10M)
short (10min UK)Huey and Louis are two brothers with opposing views of the world trying to successfully run an Afrocentric shop in Brixton, which their late father left them. Recently separated Huey puts all his efforts into running the shop and blames its lack of business on catering for the new fair weather yuppie customers whilst forgetting about their more loyal black clientele. Huey’
GOODBYE CHARM CITY (18M)
short (18min USA) A mother must decide whether she wants to encourage capital punishment upon the man who murdered her son.
SAT | AAACC | 2PM-4PM
THE SYSTEM (14M)
short (14min) A LAPD Staff Sgt loyalty is put to the test when he is forced to interrogate a former ally.
Lobby Washington, a U.S. Army Veteran, returns home from serving in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He struggles with the guilt of killing an Iraqi child. Back in Brooklyn, New York, everything and everyone is a constant reminder of his deployment in Iraq. With the help of a homeless veteran, a random civilian female and his younger brother, Lobby learns to accept what he cannot change.
A female veteran isolates herself in a small town, only to be reminded of a horrific incident that occurred within the ranks and the betrayal that follows.
short (26min USA) Clifford, a retired bus drives unable to mourn his wife becomes reclusive. He spends all his time watching TV. Unable to care for himself, Clifford’s forty-two year old daughter Maylin takes over the duty of caretaker. Their already tumultuous relationship explodes when the television breaks, leaving Clifford alone to deal with something he hasn’t in years: the outside world.
short (15min) A father mourns on the one year anniversary of his wife’s disappearance.
In a world where the Caucasian race is the minority faction, the early morning of husband and wife couple, Marcus and Helen Thomas is suddenly interrupted by a visit from the Police. Faced with a less than kind and often hostile interrogation, the couple’s worst fears are realized when they soon learn the horrifying truth about their son Eric
“Hannah is an only child raised in Crown Heights by her Jewish orthodox family. She has trouble making friends with the girls at school but finds a much needed friend in her new neighbor Rachel. Rachel is an only child, Black- American whose single mother moved her to Crown Heights to escape an increasingly dangerous family problem. The girls new friendship is tested as racial tensions continue to boil over after the 1991 Crown Heights Riots occur.
SAT | AAACC | 4PM-6PM
documentary (31min) documentary that explores the complex theme of racial prejudice through the memories of the picturesque city of Santiago de Cuba.
Four teenage street musicians from Chicago embark on a journey to Senegal, exploring its culture and their connection to Africa. Learning the sabar drum from a griot percussionist they discover that music can empower them to persevere and grow – but this transformation doesn’t come easy for the students or their mentors. While the young men begin to see themselves in a new light outside of the chaos of the city, the project leaders realize just how difficult it is to make lasting change.
SAT | AAACC | 6PM-8PM
documentary (93min UK) The story of rap’s seminal lost album which set in motion hip hop’s evolutionary chain and inspired some of its greatest artists.
EVERYTHING CHANGES (11M)
short (11min Canada) Calvin and Naomi try to make a special connection on an afternoon date. But over the course of the day, a secret is revealed that leaves them forever changed.
SAT | YOSHI’S | 12PM-2PM
NO CHILD is about growing up, and the power of growing together. It explores our inner passions, becoming inspired to be responsible, and the ability in us all to overcome our disadvantages… and our demons.
A moving story about the power of human relationships in facilitating personal change… Will Williams gives a remarkable performance… and Timmy Richardson shines as Thomas in No Child. -THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE
French (25min) Josué a Roguish kid has developed a special relationship with his cock, strongly conviced that he could turn him as a dreaded fighting cock !
short (8min) When a young boy in a war stricken country witnesses a personal tragedy, he is coerced into joining the rebels.
A 12 year old Jamaican runaway sneaks back into to his home town for what he assumes will be a routine visit with his best friend. Things don’t quite go according to plan…
AGE OF REBELLION (9M)
A father tries keeping his rebellious son on the straight and narrow. Unknowing it’s the day of his gang initiation.
A bullied teenage boy journeys into the night wanting to avenge his brothers death, only to find himself locked in a moral dilemma that will change his life forever.
SAT | YOSHI’S | 2PM-4PM
Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships between African Americans and American Jews. Body and Soul: An American Bridge aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul,” one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire. Composed by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman and ushered into the jazz canon by Louis Armstrong the following year. Four years later, the successful recording of “Body and Soul” by a behind-thescenes Benny Goodman trio which included the Black pianist Teddy Wilson, led to the historic smashing of the color barrier in popular music.
short (27min) A simple story of an unlikely friendship between two elderly men and the healing power of kindness, love and music.
SAT | YOSHI’S | 4PM-6PM
feature (103min USA) Halfway tells the story of a recently released convict who faces the conflict of enduring ties with his old criminal world while struggling to adapt to life on probation as the only black man in a conservative white farm town.
SAT | YOSHI’S | 6PM-8PMTRANSCEND (17M)
A transman, who hasn’t seen his family in years, unexpectedly returns home for Thanksgiving.
The new remastered film. The Watermelon Woman is a 1996 feature film by filmmaker Cheryl Dunye about Cheryl, a young black lesbian working a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical “mammy” roles relegated to black actresses during the period. It was the first feature film directed by a black lesbian.
SAT | YOSHI’S | 8PM-10PMNO EMPATHY (11M)
short (11min) In an increasingly polarizing society six individuals try to navigate their own agendas and intentions to really understand who they’ve coupled with. Lost Boyforeign (12min) A 12 year old Jamaican runaway sneaks back into to his home town for what he assumes will be a routine visit with his best friend. Things don’t quite go according to plan…
Are you who you say you are? Are you who you appear to be? Who are you, really? Masquerade tells the story of the lives of three very different women. In the end, we realize how alike they are when we discover they all play the same game. Perception and reality are truly two different worlds.
“A mobster boss loses one of his men and it forces him to retaliate against another gang. Through these actions, he’s compelled to make difficult decisions between the rules of discipline and friendship.”
Ray Livingston is a relationship-blogging hack (“freelance writer, actually”) responsible for Brooklyn’s infamous blog, “Occasionally Dating Black Women.” The well-written, if not controversial, blog has generated some notoriety, but Ray is chafing from an overextended stay in New York, romantic ennui, and a stagnating writing career. After a particularly crappy week, he goes off on a tirade and harasses a gorgeous random passerby, only to discover that it’s Rochelle Marseille, one of New York’s up-and-coming authors. Moving to make amends in an effort to preserve his media clout, Ray is stunned when Rochelle gives him more than he ever thought she would.
Brimming with exciting new talent, How to Tell You’re A Douchebag is a fresh, buoyant, super-sexy comedy delivered with a twist for a generation addicted to their screens and digital accounts. First-time feature director Tahir Jetter intelligently retools old rom-com formulas to give us this smart and meaningful tale of a misogynist who falls in love.
SUN | AAACC | 12PM-2PM
student (20min) Greg, a mildly autistic kid with a good soul, triumphs over his protective father and a classless bully to become apart of his high school varsity swim team.
short (12min USA) A young man’s past catches up with him when his estranged wife, who suffers from bipolar disorder, returns with his son whom he does not know.
short (18min France) A teen photographer in the south of France develops a tense relationship with his mother’s new boyfriend.
Three children struggle to get 56 kg of rice: the price of primary scholarship in Soavinarivo, a small village isolated in the Madagascar inland.
short (11min) In a world where the Caucasian race is the minority faction, the early morning of husband and wife couple, Marcus and Helen Thomas is suddenly interrupted by a visit from the Police. Faced with a less than kind and often hostile interrogation, the couple’s worst fears are realized when they soon learn the horrifying truth about their son Eric.
short (14min) A fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, sees Eva escape into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight is about, opinions differ…
SUN | AAACC | 2PM-4PMBRIDGING THE DIVIDE AND THE POLITICS OF RACE (57M)
BRIDGING THE DIVIDE tells the little known story of Tom Bradley, the first African American mayor elected in a major U.S. city with an overwhelmingly white majority. In 1973, his extraordinary multi-racial coalition redefined Los Angeles, transformed the national dialogue on race, and set the foundation for sustainable interracial coalitions that encouraged elections of minority candidates nationwide, most notably President Barack Obama. The film brings into sharp focus issues of police brutality in minority communities and the challenges of police reform. BRIDGING THE DIVIDE is the story of the pressures which face our cities, the politics of race and the complexities of coalitions in a changing America.
documentary (38 min) Nana Dijo is an urgent historical registry in the form of a documentary, filmed in Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States, which opens a crucial platform of analysis about race relations by transgressing beyond the parameters of “safe discourses” imposed by culturalist agendas.
American Needs a Racial Facial is a short, 8 minute film about race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video – historical and contemporary – depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country. Beginning with this country’s history of slavery and discrimination against African Americans, eradication and colonization of Native Americans, exclusion of Asian Americans and exploitation of Mexican and Latin Americans, Racial Facial depicts a visual panorama which encompasses the history of oppression and discrimination that has led to continuation of tension, unrest and anger among all Americans.
SUN | AAACC | 4PM-6PM TRAFFICKED (75M)
While vacationing on a picture-postcard perfect Caribbean beach, a trio of friends is drawn into a dangerous con when they become involved with a charismatic stranger.
Inspired By A True About Raymond Porter from Van Nuys, California. A Young Man who captures and seeks his revenge on the murderer of his Mother.
A young man’s journey to reconnect with his estranged father and its impact on his life and love.
A young couple’s relationship changes forever after a racist encounter in the suburbs.
short (8min USA) A young couple seeking adventure is confronted with racism in the American suburbs. Harmless thrill seeking and flirtation escalate quickly into a conflict with a local contractor, leaving the teenagers disillusioned.
SUN | YOSHI’S | 12PM-2PM | FATHERS DAY BLOCK
THE LAND OF EXODUS (11M)
short (11min) Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.
short (7min UK) F Word explores both the internal & external journey of a young woman searching for answers about her absent father.
short (25min) After recently being released from prison, a man tries to reconnect with his daughter and see if there is any chance of saving their relationship.
short (11min) Jasper is a Drama about a troubled father’s attempt to save his ailing relationship with his two young daughters.
COURTING LOUIS BAKER (15M)
student (15min) A young man’s journey to reconnect with his estranged father and its impact on his life and love.
short (17min USA) A lonely and depressed man meets his half siblings for tIhe first time after their shared biological father passes away. After bonding in the aftermath of his death, they must decide whether or not they would like to remain in each other’s lives.
SUN | YOSHI’S | 2PM-4PMTHE TEACHER AND THE STUDENT (25MIN)
short (25min) The story is told in flashbacks from 2013 during a polar vortex in Flint, MI, to 2003 when the main character Ella St. John is 13 years old.
short (19min USA) Four teenage girls the morning after a party where one of them gets drunk and wakes up the next morning to find out she’s a victim of sexual assault. Sequestered in the privacy of their room, the friends DEBATE what to do next – call the police, tell their parents or keep it a secret.
Beverley follows a mixed race girl’s struggles to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape, 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present – a threat that extends beyond her own safety – more importantly she must protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile, Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.
‘Gracie’ is an emotive 10 minute social drama, starring Kate Dickie (The Witch, Game Of Thrones), Rakie Ayola (Now Is Good, Dredd) and Angela Wynter (Wondrous Oblivion). An inter-generational piece, exploring Jamaican diaspora and cognitive deterioration. We follow the experience of an elderly dementia patient longing…
After a 3-month long absence, a drug addicted mother unexpectedly returns in her daughter’s life.
Barry and Cindy are on a first date. Or are they?
SUN | YOSHI’S | 4PM-6PMBEN & ARA (87M)
feature (87min) Ben, a passionately agnostic PhD student, falls behind in his dissertation and is surprised to find a muse in Ara, a devout Muslim.
A young American man who appears Middle Eastern is interrogated in an airport when a small knife is discovered among his possessions.
short (13min USA) A day in the life of a woman in the Nation of Islam.
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SUN | BOOM BOOM ROOM | 7PM-8PM
documentary (59min USA) Award winning documentarian Bobby J. Brown uncovered numerous secrets of Hall of Fame band Parliament Funkadelic. Members open up about the unorthodox methods they were paid, heavily exploited, and the creativity behind this unique genre of music. The untold story of the rise and fall of the greatest funk band ever.
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SUN | BOOM BOOM ROOM | 8PM-9:30PM
feature (93min Canada) SCRATCH is a musical drama that follows Angelot, a young Haitian immigrant who, along with his parents and brother Frantz, arrives in Montreal during the ’90s. Frantz quickly got involved in gang-related crime while the father, Saurel, diligently drove a taxi and lived a life of dignity.