Film Series

New Voices in Black Cinema

 
 
Mar 26—Mar 29, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
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New Voices in Black Cinema returns for its fifth year with narrative features, documentaries, and shorts that redefine the black experience in America and around the world.

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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Knucklehead
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
 
Knucklehead
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
World premiere
 

In this visually layered human drama, a young man (The Wire’s Gbenga Akinnagbe) tries to break free of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard) and his violent Brooklyn neighborhood.

+ Q&A with Ben Bowman and Gbenga Akinnagbe
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Of Good Report
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
 
Of Good Report
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
 

This crisply lensed black-and-white South African noir riff on Lolita “fuses genre playfulness with post-apartheid political subtext” (Variety).

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An American Ascent + King of Guangzhou
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
 
An American Ascent + King of Guangzhou
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
New York Premiere
 

On the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of North America’s highest peak, a group made up exclusively of African-American climbers set out to scale Mount Denali—and challenge the ubiquitous face of American outdoorsmanship.

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Dreams Are Colder Than Death
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
 
Dreams Are Colder Than Death
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
 

Acclaimed cinematographer Arthur Jafa (Crooklyn) offers a profound rumination on what it means to be black in America today, with spoken responses from Kara Walker, Charles Burnett, Flying Lotus, and more.

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Christmas Wedding Baby
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
 
Christmas Wedding Baby
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
 

Three sisters’ struggles with the expectations of marriage, motherhood, and romance come to a head at the youngest’s Christmastime wedding in Florida in this romantic comedy.

+ Q&A with Kiara Jones and Ralph Scott
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Ojuju
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
 
Ojuju
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
New York Premiere
 

C.J. Obasi’s horrorfest is an impressive, subversive take on the zombie genre, set in an isolated Nigerian slum.

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The Supreme Price
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
 
The Supreme Price
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
 

This gripping doc traces the evolution of the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria and the efforts made by Hafsat Abiola to address the nation’s most marginalized population: women.

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Life's Essentials With Ruby Dee
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
 
Life's Essentials With Ruby Dee
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
 

This loving portrait of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis—told through the eyes of their grandson—chronicles their family, art, and activism.

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In The Morning
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
 
In The Morning
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
 

Nefertite Nguvu’s tonally complex debut charts the relationship among nine young Brooklynites over the course of one day, grappling with marriage, infidelity, and heartbreak.

+ Q&A with Nefertite Nguvu
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Gone Too Far
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
 
Gone Too Far
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
New York Premiere
 

This delightfully funny coming-of-age tale about two long-estranged brothers, one British and one Nigerian, adapts Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play.

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Shorts Program
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
 
Shorts Program
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
 

This diverse collection of new short films includes a Bed-Stuy-set satire of racism, a drama about a young jazz musician, and a tribute to Haiti’s tradition of machete fencing.

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Sixteen
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
 
Sixteen
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
US Premiere
 

A 16-year-old former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo struggles to adapt to his new life in London in this beautifully restrained urban drama.

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Black Panther Woman
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
 
Black Panther Woman
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
New York Premiere
 

A woman looks back on her relationship with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party and the revolutionary politics of her generation.

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