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Shorts 7: Illuminating Gazes (Black Perspectives

  •   Various
  •   Nigeria | United Kingdom | United States

This suite of shorts offers nuanced approaches to storytelling, delving into self-discovery, cultural legacies, and the creation of safe spaces.

On her way to school one morning, Billie unexpectedly finds a new friend in Artistic (U.S.). In Babybangz (U.K./U.S.), a New Orleans hair salon becomes a place for communal reflection. An aspiring writer works to finalize a story for Pride (U.S.), a school newspaper in 1980s Charlottesville, focusing on issues affecting Black students. In The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be (U.K.), climate change has ravaged the Earth as a desperate nomad searches for solace. Boundaries dissolve between church, theater, faith in Rehearsal (Nigeria). Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma (U.S.) offers a view into the Black identity through twenty-six vignettes representing the letters of the alphabet.

Featuring works by Nina Lee, Juliana Kasumu, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Adeyemi Michael, Michael Omonua, Topaz Jones, and rubberband.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Nina Lee (Artistic), Directors Topaz Jones and rubberband (Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma)


Green Screen Program Sponsor (“The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be”)

Logo: ComEd 301x75

Event Information

Friday, October 22, 2021

  •   100 minutes
Parkway Balloom
4455 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60653


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