Aug. 3

2:30 PM

Shorts Program 9

These experimental shorts break form and rebuild it as one possibility for complicating pre-existing image, sound, and (hi)story.

66 mins.

Q&A to follow

Short Narrative

And the People Could Fly

Dir. Roni Nicole Henderson
13 mins, United States, 2019

Based on a childhood memory, And The People Could Fly reimagines an 8-year-old girl’s initiation into her role as the family’s deliverer. Forced from the comfort of her mother’s 84′ Bonneville, Nena ventures into the home of a gentrifying heroin dealer and discovers her power to awaken and transmute.

World Premiere




Dir. Terrance Daye
5 mins, United States, 2018

In the rural south, a black boy tries to fly.

Philadelphia Premiere


Fainting Spells

Dir. Sky Hopinka
11 mins, United States, 2018

Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Xąwįska – or the Indian Pipe Plant – used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.

Philadelphia Premiere

Best Experimental Nominee




Dir. Ja’Tovia Gary
6 mins, France/United States, 2018

This filmic collage- shot on location in Claude Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France- aims to examine the precarious nature of Black women’s bodily integrity, the ethics of care as resistance work, and how class position shapes the contours of violence.

Philadelphia Premiere



Dir. Cauleen Smith
23 mins, United States, 2018

A rumination on successful utopias, radical generosity, and black feminist autonomy.


Specialised Technique

Dir. Onyeka Igwe
6 mins, United Kingdom, 2018

William Sellers and the Colonial Film Unit developed a framework for colonial cinema, this included slow edits, no camera tricks, and minimal camera movement. Hundreds of films were created in accordance to this rule set. This film aims to recuperate black dance from this colonial project.

United States Premiere