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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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Artistic [short film]

Nina Lee  |   United States
English  
Drama

On her way to school one morning, Billie unexpectedly finds a new friend.

In-Person
Virtual

BabyBangz [short film]

Juliana Kasumu  |   United Kingdom, United States
English  
Documentary

A New Orleans hair salon becomes a place for communal reflection.

In-Person
Virtual

Citizen Ashe

Sam Pollard & Rex Miller  |   United States, United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Sports
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 [...]
In-Person
Virtual

Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma [short film]

Topaz Jones and rubberband  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Drama

A view into the Black identity through twenty-six vignettes representing the letters of the alphabet.

In-Person
Virtual

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be [short film]

Adeyemi Michael  |   United Kingdom
English  
Drama

In a climate change-ravaged Earth, a desperate nomad searches for solace.

In-Person
Virtual

The Gravedigger’s Wife

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed  |   France, Somalia, Germany, Finland
Somali  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
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 [...]
Drive-In

The Harder They Fall

Jeymes Samuel  |   United States
English  
Action, Social Commentary, Western
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 [...]
In-Person

King Richard

Reinaldo Marcus Green  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Family Affairs, Sports
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 [...]
In-Person
Virtual

The Last Shelter (Le Dernier Refuge)

Ousmane Samassékou  |   France, Mali, South Africa
Bambara, French, Fula, Hausa, Mooré, Susu, Waama  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
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 [...]
In-Person

Lingui, The Sacred Bonds

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun  |   Chad, France, Germany, Belgium
French  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
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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Virtual

Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking

Francesco Zippel  |   Italy
English, Italian  
Biopic, Documentary, Film on Film, Social Commentary
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 [...]
In-Person

Passing

Rebecca Hall  |   United States
English  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
1920s New York: In a chance encounter, demure Irene (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly runs into a childhood friend, the vivacious Clare (Ruth Negga)—both women are able to pass as white but [...]
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Virtual

Pride [short film]

Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold  |   United States
English  
Drama

An aspiring writer works to finalize a story for Pride, a school newspaper in 1980s Charlottesville, focusing on issues affecting Black students.

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Punch 9 for Harold Washington

Joe Winston  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary, Political
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 [...]
In-Person
Virtual

Rehearsal [short film]

Michael Omonua  |   Nigeria
English  
Drama

Boundaries dissolve between church, theater, faith.

In-Person
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Shorts 7: Illuminating Gazes (Black Perspectives)

Various  |   Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States
Documentary, Drama

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

In-Person

Parkway Short Film Program

Various  |   United States

A diverse collection of short films from the United States highlighting Black stories and filmmakers.