This program showcases the talents of Black filmmakers from across the diaspora, painting a sweeping image of Black life in the United States and abroad. A collection of varied genres and styles, these films are reflective, observant, and sometimes hilarious. Featuring works by Terrance Daye, Nico Opper and Shannon St. Aubin, Kantarama Gahigiri, Amina Sutton, Maya Tanaka, Tebogo Malebogo, and Pat Heywood and Jamil McGinnis.
A young boy wrestles with his sense of self on the day of his cousin’s funeral in the tenderly-directed -Ship: A Visual Poem (U.S.). A warm-hearted portrait of teenage summer days, When I Write It (U.S.) follows two young Oakland artists as they come to grips with the change all around them. Ethereality (Switzerland/Rwanda) blends fiction and documentary to create a moving reflection about migration, home, and belonging. An aspiring artist discusses the challenges of finding affordable housing in a new city and the compromises she has to make with her spooky new roommates in The Price of Cheap Rent (U.S.). Heaven Reaches Down to Earth (South Africa) follows Tau and Tumelo during a journey across the South African landscape. When Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions. In Gramercy (U.S.) a young New Jersey native returns to his hometown, where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and personal struggle.