Dir. Sonia Godding Togobo & Andrew Togobo, UK, 7 min
Experimental

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Dreamcatacher is a poetical narrative that creatively depicts Nicholas Hope’s journey to realizing a life long dream. Hope’s life is going nowhere. He is in a mundane job and hates every day he has to go to work. When Nicholas is thrown into his past, he remembers the dream he once had to play football. He decides to take drastic action, and go after the Dream that nearly got away.

Part of Shorts Program #1

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Dir. tiona.m., USA, 23 min
Narrative

Bumming Cigarettes is a short film about a brief and intimate meeting between a young Black lesbian woman who is in the process of taking an HIV test and a middle aged Black Gay HIV Positive man. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test to put her worst fears to rest.

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Julius Amedume, UK, 25 min
Narrative

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Roman is flown in to do a job, maybe his last. It is the evening before Jasper’s financial wrong doings become public and Jasper’s co- conspirators are unsure if Jasper will talk or take the fall. What should be a straightforward pick up and drop off for Roman is not, it seems Jasper wants to make one last stop along the way.

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Dir. Kwesi Johnson, USA, 5 min
Narrative

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

As his parents fight day in and day out, a boy finds support in the martial arts.

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Tchaiko Omawale, USA, 13 min.
Narrative

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Sole, a socially awkward recluse, discovers through her window-watching that her pretty and popular neighbor Jasmine has a secret.

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Dir. Ava Duvernay, USA, 20 min
Narrative (preview)

NOTE: This screening is of an exclusive twenty-minutes excerpt created for the BlackStar Film Festival. Ava DuVernay will be present for a Q&A.

Earning Ava DuVernay the award of Best Director at Sundance 2012, Middle of Nowhere, is about a young woman (Emayatzy Corinealdi) struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity when her husband (Omari Hardwick) must serve a eight year prison sentence.  The cast includes David Oyelowo (Red Tails), Lorraine Toussaint, Sharon Lawrence and Edwina Findley.

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Michelle Serieux, Jamaica, 20 min
Narrative

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

A startling reality unfolds for Catherine when she is forced to confront her husband’s Blue Mountain roots. MISSED is a story about human folly and the devastation of unmet expectation.

Michelle Serieux will be present for Q&A after the screening!


Dir. Rodney Lee, USA, 18 min
Narrative

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Trevor wakes up with an unknown woman in unknown surroundings. As he struggles to put the pieces together, we follow him through New York as he finds the match to what ignited his night of haze.

Rodney Lee will be present for Q&A after the screening!

 


Najma Nuriddin, USA, 25 min
Narrative

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Aasim, a young single Muslim man living in Washington DC has an instant connection with a beautiful poet named Kala. After spending more time with her, Aasim realizes she isn’t Muslim. He is torn by his new discovery of attraction towards Kala and the principles of his own faith.

 

Najma Nurridin will be present for Q&A after the screening!