Shorts Program 7

Thursday, Aug. 3, 3:50 PM

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

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Dir. Carrie Hawks • United States, 2016, 22 min.

A queer oddball seeks approval from black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop credentials and a family that “talks white.” Their quest for a Black Card (undeniable acceptance of their racial identity) takes them from Missouri to New York and halfway around the world. The film interweaves stories from their great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family and friends, and hand-drawn memories.

Philadelphia Premiere

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Conversations with Otura Mun

dir. Omid Fatemi • United States, 2016, 22 min.

Otura Mun has experienced a transformation. He has altered the relationship to his reality by shifting his perceptions from being based solely on a world that is material to one that is largely spiritual. This short film encounters him just a year from when he committed himself to this new state of being, when he was reborn into his present name after being ordained in Cuba as a Babaláwo (a priest) in the Ifá sect of the Yoruba faith.

World Premiere

 

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Dear Mr. Shakespeare

dir. Shola Amoo • United Kingdom, 2017, 5 min.

A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Dear Mr. Shakespeare explores the intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

Philadelphia Premiere

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

For Paradise

dir. Elizabeth Webb • United States, 2016, 25 min.

The filmmaker’s great-grandmother was a black woman named Paradise who was known for her exquisite beauty, yet there are no recorded images of her. At the age of 18, Webb discovered a family history that had gone unspoken for a generation: her paternal grandfather, whom she had never met, was African American. Her father had been passing as white and had raised his family as such. For Paradise discovers this woman’s personal history and traces the construction of racial identities within a family in which members operate on both sides of the “color line.”

North America Premiere

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SHORT NARRATIVE

White Face

dir. Mtume Gant • United States, 2017, 21 min.

New York Actor Charles Rogers hates his skin and all the hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race, Charles believes he has found the solution to his problems: change his appearance to embody “whiteness,” erase all that he has ever been, and join the group he believes he should be a part of. But is this ever possible?

Philadelphia Premiere

Trailer