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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.


Black 14

Darius Clark Monroe  |   United States

Edgecombe

Crystal Kayiza  |   United States

Emergency

Carey Williams  |   United States

The Life of Esteban (Het Leven van Esteban)

Inés Eshun  |  
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Little Woods

Nia DaCosta  |   United States
Crime, Thriller, Women's Experiences

The Mercy of the Jungle

Joël Karekezi  |  Belgium, France, Rwanda
Action, Political, Thriller

Mr. Soul!

Melissa Haizlip  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Music
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Olympia

Gregory Dixon  |   United States
Romance, Women's Experiences

Rafiki

Wanuri Kahiu  |  Kenya
LGBTQ, Romance, Women's Experiences

Rebirth is Necessary

Jenn Nkiru  |   United Kingdom

Room Tone

Morgan Cooper  |   United States

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Kate Davis, David Heilbroner  |   United States
Documentary, Political, Women's Experiences

Shorts Program 7: Beyond a Boundary (Black Perspectives)

Various  |   Belgium, United Kingdom, United States

United Skates

Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown  |   United States
Documentary, Political, Sports

Walker’s

Kyle Myers-Haugh  |   United States