9th Annual

BlackStar Film Festival

August 20 – August 26, 2020 • Philadelphia • USA

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2020

Festival Highlights


Don’t miss these events during this year’s 2020 BlackStar Film Festival.


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Morning Show

BlackStar Live!

Aug 20 – 26 • 9:30 AM ET
BlackStar Live! is our very own morning show, airing every day of the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival.

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Feature Documentary

Through the Night

Aug 21 • 7:00 PM ET
A verité documentary exploring the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider.

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Shorts Program

Kinetic

Aug 22 • 7:30 PM ET
Origin of Hair • In Hot Time • Legendary • Downstage • All that you Can’t Leave Behind • We Can’t Cop Cars Without Seeing Cop Cars



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Panel

Cultural Work in the Wake

Aug 23 • 4:00 PM ET
Panelists: Cecilia Aldarondo, Iyabo Kwayana, Ruha Benjamin, Mark Gonzales, Mia Birdsong
Moderator: Sage Crump

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Feature Documentary

Nationtime—Gary

Aug 23 • 7:00 PM ET
Nationtime – Gary is the long-lost film that William Greaves made about the National Black Political Convention of 1972.

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Conversation

Still Processing The Forty Year Old Version

Aug 24 • 4:00 PM ET
Featuring: Wesley Morris, Jenna Wortham, and Radha Blank

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Feature Narrative

Farewell Amor

Aug 26 • 7:30 PM ET
Reunited after 17 years apart, Walter, an Angolan immigrant, his wife, and teen daughter discover a shared love of dance.



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Sponsors & Partners

The BlackStar Film Festival and our year-round programs are generously supported by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, Barra Foundation, British Film Council, CineReach, Color of Change, Ford Foundation/JustFilms, Impact Partners, Independent Public Media Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Netflix, PECO, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Sundance Institute, Surdna Foundation, WarnerMedia, and WHYY; as well as a generous host of members, media and community partners. 


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