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Black Perspectives

A celebration of the richness and diversity of African American and Black stories and storytellers from Chicago to Chad, Mali to Somalia, and beyond.


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Citizen Ashe

Sam Pollard & Rex Miller  |   United States, United Kingdom
Tennis star Arthur Ashe broke barriers to become the first Black man to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open—at the height of the civil rights movement in [...]
  
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The Gravedigger’s Wife

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed  |   France, Somalia, Germany, Finland
In Djibouti City in the Horn of Africa, Guled (Omar Abdi) is among a group of men who eke out a meager living burying the bodies that are delivered to [...]
  
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The Harder They Fall

Jeymes Samuel  |   United States
When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison, he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek [...]
  
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King Richard

Reinaldo Marcus Green  |   United States
Based on the true story that will inspire the world, King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted [...]
  
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The Last Shelter (Le Dernier Refuge)

Ousmane Samassékou  |   France, Mali, South Africa
On the edge of the Saharan desert in West Africa, at the crossroads of hope and defeat, lies the Caritas Migrant House, a temporary waystation for thousands of people every [...]
  
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Lingui, The Sacred Bonds

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun  |   Chad, France, Germany, Belgium
In this sensitive, affecting drama from celebrated African filmmaker Mahamet-Saleh Haroun (The Screaming Man, Grigris), single mother Amina (Achouackh Abakar Souleymane) becomes furious when she learns that her teenage daughter [...]
  
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Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking

Francesco Zippel  |   Italy
The most successful African American director of the first half of the 20th century, Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed, and produced more than 44 films and six novels before his death [...]
  
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Passing

Rebecca Hall  |   United States
1920s New York: In a chance encounter, demure Irene (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly runs into an old school friend, the vivacious Clare (Ruth Negga)—both women are able to pass as white [...]
  
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Punch 9 for Harold Washington

Joe Winston  |   United States
In this epic story of American politics, race, and triumph against all odds, director Joe Winston chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first African American [...]
  
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Shorts 7: Illuminating Gazes (Black Perspectives

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