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Black Perspectives

Founded in 1997 in collaboration with Spike Lee to highlight the excellence and diversity of African American cinema and films by black filmmakers from around the world, this year’s program celebrates black stories and storytellers all the way from Alabama to France, Chicago to Senegal.

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The Apollo

Roger Ross Williams  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Music
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Atlantics Atlantique

Mati Diop  |  France, Senegal, Belgium
Coming of Age, Drama, Social Commentary


Chinonye Chukwu  |   United States
Drama, Political


Kasi Lemmons  |   United States
Biopic, Historical, Political

Just Mercy

Destin Daniel Cretton  |   United States
Biopic, Historical, Literary Adaptation
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Les Misérables

Ladj Ly  |   France
Action, Crime, Social Commentary
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André Hörmann  |  Germany, United States
Coming of Age, Documentary, Sports
Short Film Still: All On a Mardi Gras Day

Short Film: “All On a Mardi Gras Day”

Michal Pietrzyk  |   United States

Short Film: “Blackwood”

Kalu Oji  |   Australia
Short Film Still: Easter Snap

Short Film: “Easter Snap”

RaMell Ross  |   United States
Short Film Still: Liberty

Short Film: “Liberty”

Faren Humes  |   United States

Short Film: “Mthunzi”

Tebogo Malebogo  |   South Africa

Short Film: “North Loop”

Nataki Garrett  |   United States

Short Film: “See You Next Time”

Crystal Kayiza  |   United States

Shorts 7: Some Kind of Tomorrow

Various  |   Australia, South Africa, United States
Documentary, Drama, Social Commentary