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Aug. 3

10:00 AM
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Shorts Program 8


What unites and differentiates Blackness? These films offer meditation on the cultural, geographic, and experiential diversity of being Black.




81 mins.

Q&A to follow


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Short Documentary

Agya

Dir. Curtis Essel
4 mins, United Kingdom, 2018

AGYA is a conversation with the father of four ‘Yaw’. Initiated with ‘intention’, Yaw delves into how he did not intend to have children – describing fatherhood as ‘an unplanned venture’ he wasn’t prepared for.

East Coast Premiere



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Short Documentary

Entitled

Dir. Adeyemi Michael
4 mins, United Kingdom, 2018

What does the immigrant fantasy feel like? Adeyemi Michael reimagines his mother’s idea of moving from Nigeria to Peckham in Entitled, a short film about leaving your country of origin.

Philadelphia Premiere


Trailer

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Short Documentary

The Haircut

Dir. Maya Annik Bedward
10 mins, Canada, 2018

A short documentary about Marvin Bedward, a 65-year-old business executive who refuses to cut his hair. Traumatized by the white barbers who ruined his Afro when he was a child, Marvin sees his long hair as an act of resistance to authority, mainstream culture, and his wife.

East Coast Premiere




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Experimental

Here

Dir. Robert-Jonathan Koeyers
6 mins, The Netherlands, 2019

Here is an experimental visual poem, combining film, photography, and animation to examine the lived Black experience. By weaving personal memories with familiar images we’ve seen a million times, a stirring montage is created that works on both an introspective as well as a political level.

Philadelphia Premiere


Trailer


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Experimental

I am

Dir. Paige Taul
3 mins, United States, 2017

An interview with the filmmaker’s mother about her relationship to ideas of family, religion, and blackness.

World Premiere




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Short Documentary

Oklahoma is Black

Dir. Melinda James, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
4 mins, United States, 2019

A portrait of Black life on the Northeast Side of Oklahoma City.

Philadelphia Premiere


Trailer


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Short Documentary

Passing: A Family in Black & White

Dir. Robin Cloud
48 mins, United States, 2019

After years of hearing the story of her Nebraska cousins, who, unbeknownst to them, were passing for white, filmmaker Robin Cloud reaches out to the lost cousins in an attempt to bring them back into the family. We follow Robin as she travels through the South and Midwest.

Philadelphia Premiere


Trailer