SHORTS PROGRAM #1 (SAT. 4/23 4:30PM)
DREAM directed by Nilja Mumin
LEGACY directed by Amy Wright
ROUBADO directed by Erica Watson
SOKO SONKO directed by Ekwa Msangi
BREAKING IN directed by Adepero Aduya
FOG directed by Chelsea Woods
HAITIAN SON directed by Mark Eddy
SHORTS PROGRAM #2 (SUN. 4/24 4:30PM)
OPEN SOUTH AFRICA directed by Hosanna Marshall
JOY directed by Solomon Onita
RIGAMO directed by Che Grayson
REFLECTION directed by R.M. Moses
TRANSCEND directed by Kai Towns
THIRD TIMOTHY directed by Julian Walker
THE TRADE directed by Michael "Boogie" Pinckney
Title: Dream by Nilja Mumin (16:38)
Synopsis: A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance at her desert town’s annual carnival, and learns painful lessons about love in the process. Adapted from Nijla Mu'min's short story, "The Carnival", this bittersweet family drama looks at dream and reality in the mind of a developing girl who who waits for her truck-driving father to come home.
Title: Legacy: The Black Cowboys directed by Amy Wright Documentary (12:00)
Synopsis: The culture and tradition of cowboying is alive and well...in Brooklyn. And it's as Black as it ever was. Brooklyn's own Federation of Black Cowboys ride the trails, transport inner city kids off the streets and onto horses, and work to preserve the legacy of the forgotten 1/3 of old west cowboys who were black.
Title: Roubado directed by Erica Watson (French)(17:00)
Synopsis: Roubado tells the story of Alain Castelo, an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France. As he suffers his parents' recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography. When his mother's new live-in boyfriend crosses the line, his eyes are opened to the world and he can no longer hide behind the viewfinder of his vintage camera.
Title: Soko Sonko (The Market King) directed by Edwa Msangi (22:00)
Synopsis: When her mother falls sick, Kibibi’s father, Ed, is tasked with taking her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish‐out of‐water roller‐coaster of a journey, about a well‐intended dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before…because only women have been there!
Title: Breaking In directed by Adepero Oduye (4:43)
producer-Esther de Rothschild
Synopsis: One afternoon in Sunset Park, another black boy gets broken in.
Title: Fog by Chelsea Woods (13:09)
Synopsis: Valerie, a successful Black female attorney, must navigate a major career move and the return of her college-aged daughter while hiding her deteriorating mental health.
Title: Haitian Son directed by Mark Eddy (16:28)
Synopsis: When Pierre, a drug mule with a heart of gold and a penchant for poetry accompanies FRANTZ, a fellow dealer on a resupply mission, they get more than they bargained for when Pierre is forced to take sides during an incident with his supplier and a former client.
Title: Open South Africa directed by Hosanna Marshall— Documentary (22.10)
Synopsis: In her 25th year of life, a suspicion Karmen has harbored for years becomes the truth. The unidentifiable man in the photo is her Father. What she discovers next takes her from Louisville, KY across the ocean to Cape Town, South Africa where she will uncover and seek to integrate truths that inform her past, her present and her future.
Title: Joy directed by Solomon Onita, Jr. (15:00)
Synopsis: A Nigerian woman living in America struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year-old daughter.
Title: Rigamo directed by Che Grayson (12:07)
Synopsis: In the midst of family loss and tragedy 6 year old Kera Moore discovers she has the power to bring people back to life with her tears. However she quickly learns this gift requires an incredible sacrifice.
Title: Reflection directed by R.M. Moses (3:21)
Synopsis: Reflection is a short film about a young man battling with a long term health issue. We are introduced to a glimpse of his mindset, being someone who constantly doubts himself but we find out that his motivation to stay fit and healthy is a survival method.
Starring Tola Teriba, Joseph Steyne, Ashraf Ameer & Kathryn Roth.
Title: Transcend directed by Kai Towns (17:09)
Synopsis: A son is invited home for Thanksgiving.
Title: Third Timothy directed by Julian Walker/ Kinfolk Collective (16:21)
Synopsis: A Southern Gothic Exploration into the power dynamics of Bible Belt ministry through the eyes of adolescent holy water salesmen.
Title: The Trade directed by Michael Boogie Pinckney (15:42)
SHORTS PLAYING WITH FEATURES
PREY directed by Sunny King
NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU directed by Iquo Essien
DIASPORADICAL TRILOGIA directed by Blitz the Ambassador
HASTA MANANA directed by Pedro Bermudez
Title: Prey directed by Sunny King (13:19)
Synopsis: A young woman after a night out, is stalked by a psychopath in a car park
Saturday 4/23, 2pm (w/ Trafficked
Title: New York, I Love You directed by Iquo Essien (20:00)
Synopsis: Viviane is a neurotic, struggling actress given to flights of fancy—like moving to Los Angeles on a whim to revive her dwindling career. But can she leave New York and the love of her life, Kazembe, behind?
Saturday 4/23, 7pm (w/ How To Tell You're A Douchebag)
Title: Diasporadical Trilogia directed by S. 'Blitz' Bazawule (12:40)
Synopsis: A woman lives three lives at the same time.
Sunday, 2pm w/ "Stories of Our Lives"
Title: Hasta Mañana directed by Pedro Bermudez
Synopsis: Victor is a grandfather struggling to take care of his adolescent grandson, Javier, in Hartford, Connecticut. After Javier's shoes are stolen, the tension between the two of them reaches a breaking point. Under the pressure of wanting to be a responsible care-taker, Victor sets out to buy his grandson new shoes. To do so he tries selling his pet rooster, but what starts off well intentioned turns desperate as his grandson enters the local underground cockfighting circuit on his own.
Sunday, 7pm (w/ "French Dirty")