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Film Series

New Voices in Black Cinema

 
 
Apr 26—Apr 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Voices in Black Cinema returns for the seventh year, with narratives, documentaries, and shorts that examine the black experience in America and around the world. From international voices to films made in Brooklyn to new black classics, New Voices in Black Cinema brings together urgent stories that need to be told.

Presented in partnership with ActNow Foundation. Since its founding in 2005, the ActNow Foundation has been a production company and advocate for diverse, independent filmmakers and playwrights interested in producing work reflecting the infinite range of African-American and Latino experiences across the globe. ActNow hosts regular events in Brooklyn to showcase the best in independent theater and film. Additionally, they are dedicated to fostering the growth of New York's brightest and most talented through regular panels, speakers, and workshops.


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Quest
Apr 27—Apr 29, 2017
 
Quest
Apr 27—Apr 29, 2017
 

An intimate eight-year chronicle of one African-American family’s resilience as parents struggle to raise their children, all the while cultivating a creative community in their home recording studio.

+ Q&A with director Jonathan Olshefski, producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and the Rainey family following Thu, 4/27 screening.
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Steps
Apr 27—Apr 29, 2017
 
Steps
Apr 27—Apr 29, 2017
 

After surviving a shooting that destroys his life, an alcoholic secures a job as a home health worker, only to find himself helping the man who shot him years prior.

+ Q&A with filmmakers Rob Morgan, Eddie Harris, Michele Baldwin, Jay Rodriguez, and Rock Davis to follow the screenings
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Gang of the French Caribbean
Apr 28—Apr 30, 2017
 
Gang of the French Caribbean
Apr 28—Apr 30, 2017
 

After meeting with a gang of idealist criminals, a young father is thrust into a life of crime in this stylish thriller’s unflinching look at the challenges of West Indian immigrants in 1970s France.

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Blaxploitalian + The Gospel
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
 
Blaxploitalian + The Gospel
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
 

Spotlighting the careers of seldom acknowledged black actors in Italian cinema, this documentary explores struggles and triumphs that Afro-Italian actors have faced across 100 years of cinematic history.

+ Q&A with Director Fred Kuwornu to follow screening
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Shorts Program 1
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
 
Shorts Program 1
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
 

This program of short films brings together documentaries about urgent conflicts, incisive coming of age stories and even charming animation to highlight important new voices.

+ Q&A with film directors to follow the screenings
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Shorts Program 2
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
 
Shorts Program 2
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
 

This program features of collection of portraits of fascinating characters, from science prodigies to Brazilian dancers to a bathroom attendant in Los Angeles.

+ Q&A with film directors to follow the screenings
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In A Perfect World
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
 
In A Perfect World
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
 

In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Daphne McWilliams explores the dynamics of boys raised by single mothers as her own solo-parented son begins to come of age.

+ Q&A with Keston Jones (CEO, FARM, NY) to follow screening
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PAST EVENTS
Film
9 Rides
 

An Uber driver transports nine parties across Los Angeles one fateful New Year’s Eve.

Wed, Apr 26, 2017
 
 
Film
Burning Sands
 

A fraternity pledge must choose whether to honor a code of silence or stand up against hazing.

Wed, Apr 26, 2017
 
 
Film
The Unseen + The Suit
 

Three wandering souls navigate the realities of post-colonial Namibia.

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
 
 
Film
White Colour Black
 

A young photographer must rediscover his culture after the death of his estranged father.

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
 
 
Film
Independência
 

An powerful, evocative documentary about the Angolan struggle for independence.

Fri, Apr 28, 2017