SATURDAY

Aug. 3

3:30 PM

Pearlstein

TICKETS

Youth Program 2


Screening works from filmmakers ages 19 to 22.


100 mins

Q&A to follow


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Experimental

Blessed Body Ache

dir. Udochi Ekwerike
6 min., United States, 2018

Blessed Body Ache is a visual poem that journeys through the impacts of physical and mental pain on Black bodies.

Philadelphia Premiere



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Short Narrative

CURL

dir. Ayanna Smith
9 min., United States, 2018

In the wake of another police brutality case, Jade, a black high school freshman, is faced with ignorant comments from her white peers. She then has to come to terms with her identity, while living in a predominantly white environment.

Philadelphia Premiere





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Short Narrative

Ella for Prom Queen

dir. Samurai Angel-Bello
5 min., United States, 2018

Ella for Prom Queen, produced by Supafriends, is the story of Ella, a young Latinx woman of trans experience, who moves to a new town and confronts and challenges gender roles as she dares to run for high school prom queen with the support of her friends.

Philadelphia Premiere



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Experimental

Fruit and Flowers

dir. Sydney James
6 min., United States, 2018

An experimental documentary that follows three black and brown women and their experiences with birth control.



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Short Documentary

Hip Hop Showcase

dir. David Molina Cavazos
10 min., United States, 2018

Hip Hop Showcase is a film that follows three Swarthmore hip hop artists. Through their journeys, the audience is provided with a window into not just the lives of the individual students represented in the film but also challenges that students of color more broadly experience at institutions like Swarthmore. The film shows how music has the capacity to build communities and to ease the soul of both creator and listener.

World Premiere



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Short Narrative

The Last Day

dir. Zsaknor R. Powe
9 min., United States, 2018

A docunarrative inspired by true events, this film retells the stories of two women’s experience with sexual harassment on New York City’s transit system.

Best Youth (19-22) Nominee



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Experimental

PETAL

dir. Derek Yancey, Jr.
3 min., United States, 2017

A couple experience shame and forgiveness before finding themselves back where they started.



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Short Narrative

Seeing Things

dir. Cameron Clay
8 min., United States, 2019

Upon being diagnosed with a rare eye disease, an artist is terrorized by visions that may be side effects of his eye condition, paranoid hallucinations, or something more sinister.

Philadelphia Premiere



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Short Narrative

Wash Day

dir. Jaida Salmon
2 min., Canada, 2019

A young black girl spends the day washing, styling, and sometimes fighting with her hair.

Philadelphia Premiere

Best Youth (19-22) Nominee



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Short Narrative

What This Place Meant

dir. Stewart Gray III
12 min., United States, 2018

Set in the year 2007, What This Place Meant chronicles a moment in the lives of the Hudsons, an African-American family of four who reside in the basement of a tenement house. After an electrical fire, the Hudsons must learn to redefine their definition of home.

World Premiere



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Short Narrative

Where the Dahlias Grow

dir. Jayden Gillespie
16 min., United States, 2018

When a young black and Latina couple is faced with adversity, the two must decide whether to expose their significant other to their families or end their relationship.

Best Youth (19-22) Nominee