Sunday Nia Room 12pm
5th of July
Director: Monty Fisher
1 hr 40 min
Orlando Leal, a young black French professor, travels to the mountains on the 4th of July to complete his dying fathers last wish, to spread his ashes on the surface of Mosquito Lake. Orlando reluctantly complies, but when he curses his father at the lake, the universe turns on him. First he gets robbed of his wallet and keys by thieves named Dakota and Cowboy, then he gets drugged by some Burning Man neo hippies. On the 5th, he escapes farm work slavery by stealing the farm bosses motorcycle, which he drives home to find that those thieves have stolen everything out of his house. Meanwhile. Karen, the greatest new love of his life, is flying in tonight from Washinton D.C. and if he isn’t there to meet her, he’s going to lose her too. Can Orlando recover his life, undo his curse and return the stolen motorcycle in time to reunite with Karen?
Total Runtime: 1:40:00
Sunday Nia Room 2:15pm
A Gift for My Sister
A chance encounter in a hospital ER between two single mothers, from two different walks of life change their lives forever
Simone – Stories in Train Transfer Station
Renato Candido de Lima
The short film “Simone – Stories in Transfer Station” brings a daily break of the Simone character. She make a date with her boyfriend at CPTM’s Júlio Prestes station and waits for him for long and harrowing hours. In this anguish we enter Simone’s imagination. In this, André and other males figures appear as Stereotypes in the history, memory and actuality of Simone. Traversing imagination and the reality of waiting, Simone exorcises her anguish and finds herself in dignity as a Black Woman.
Priscilla Smith’s sanity is tested when she is separated from her beloved husband Adolph who is called for military service in Afghanistan. Left to raise their only child Sophia alone, Priscilla struggles with self-esteem issues and hopelessly uses prescription drugs to help her cope with the emptiness she feels in a community that has lost its men to war and prisons.
Emma Manningham’s patience is tested to the limit when a prominent film producer Zach fails to fulfill his promise. Left with no choice she is forced to find comfort in a local bar where weirdos hang out while Zach struggles to find her.
Total Runtime: 1:03:00
Sunday Nia Room 4pm
A young man’s attempt to rob a local grocery store, results in the birth of an unusual friendship.
A traffic stop turns sinister when two black men encounter a small-town cop on a power trip.
First Time Filmmaker: Yes
A missed call. A tired heart. Another earth-shattering day of being Black in America. “THE VOICEMAIL” explores the everyday traumas experienced by Black people in America, told from the perspective of a son who takes heed of his mother’s warning. Part of a film scoring series by writer, director, and composer Kyle Solomon.
On Mother’s Day
An intimate look at how mass incarceration impacts a mother on Mother’s Day.
“Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty”
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 with hope, laughter and a living example of resilience. Blending interviews with stop motion animation and archival footage, Michael’s story reminds us how we grow through the challenges life throws our way.
Total Runtime: 1:32:00
Sunday Nia Room 6pm
Oscar has just arrived in Montreal with his son Jose en route to a small city in Quebec to introduce the boy to his mother. They miss their bus and are stranded for the night in this unfamiliar city. Later, when Jose is fast asleep, restless Oscar decides to get some air. This is where he meets Diane, looking for her lost dog. They walk side by side through the night streets of Montreal. But are they really looking for a dog? Where will the twists and turns of their stroll lead them? Does Diane’s husband Vincent, set out on a search for his wife, have reasons to worry? After wandering all night like tortured souls, and meeting a bunch of special characters, among whom the homeless Barack Obama himself, these three scoundrels find themselves together at the bus station in the wee hours of the morning along with dumbfounded Jose. With the help of the cold light of the rising day, all accounts can finally be settled. * Sexual Content*
Aimiende Negbenebor Sela
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.