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WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 PROGRAM

LIU BROOKLYN, MEDIA ARTS DEPARTMENT, SPIKE LEE SCREENING ROOM

SATURDAY MAY 6TH 10 AM -6 PM

 

10:00 - 11:15 am

YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

 

11:20 am – 12:40 pm

16TH ANNUAL WADFF MORNING SHOWCASE

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

12:40 - 1:05 pm

 

RECEPTION

1:05 pm

 

OPENING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS

1:15 - 6:30 pm

 

16TH ANNUAL WADFF AFTERNOON PROGRAM

 

––––– 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival –––––

 

MORNING SHOWCASE

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 11:20 AM - 12:40 PM

THE SUNFLOWER COUNTY FREEDOM PROJECT

Director & Writer: Carmen L. Scott

Producers: Carmen L. Scott and Lenny Payan

US, 2013, 75 min.

 

“The Sunflower County Freedom Project” tells the story of

the afterschool program by the same name and its impact

in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Modeled after the Freedom Schools of the 1960s, the

Freedom Project seeks to reverse the region’s history of academic inferiority and help its

residents gain the freedom not yet gained: access to a quality education. For two years

the filmmakers follow Freedom Project kids through a portion of their lives that is at times

uplifting and at times unsettling. Shot against the majestically monotonous landscape of the

Mississippi Delta, the film introduces audiences to a world so foreign yet so utterly American.

 

WADFF AFTERNOON PROGRAM

 

WOMEN OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA - NARRATIVE &

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS - 1:15 - 2:15 PM

BROOKLYN TO BENIN: A VODOU PILGRIMAGE

Director, Writer, Producer: Regine Romain

Assistant Director: Olatoundji Fagbenro

US, 2016, 7:28 min.

US PREMIERE

 

A daughter, born on the other side of the water, returns delving

into an ancient cascade of memory, myth and magic. Regine Romain,

Haitian-American artist, educator and anthropologist, completes a three

year pilgrimage traveling from Brooklyn, NY, to the southern United

States, to Central America, to Haiti and then to Benin, West Africa -

the birthplace of Vodou. Her journey crosses the TransAtlantic Slave

Trade history while celebrating Vodou’s cultural survival throughout the African Diaspora.

 

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12, MPOCHALI STREET

Director, Producer, Writer: Efthymia Kotoul

Greece, (Ethiopia), 2017, 6:20 min.

US PREMIERE

Every Sunday morning the Holy Mass takes place at the Ethiopian

Church in Athens. This is a documentary of observation. In the

position of cinematographer, is any spectator observing the Holy

Mass? This is the reason why there are no subtitles, and that the documentary is based on

observation and not on explanations. The address is 12, Mpochali Street, Athens, Greece.

 

––––– 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival –––––

 

KHAYALAMI (MY HOME)

Director, Writer, Producer: Denise Khumalo

US/Zimbabwe, 14:40 min

A story about an African woman’s struggle to keep her traditions

and customs alive while living in an increasingly Western world.

The premise of this documentary is self-discovery. It captures the

transformations the woman has gone through while living in America

for the past six years.

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STABILIA

Directors & Producers: Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy & Sveinung Gjessing

Norway, 2016, 4:23 min.

NY PREMIERE

A massive circular chamber, constructed of steel and heavy concrete -

a play of light is created on the wall by an opening in the roof. A

woman is lying motionless with her eyes closed on the rough surface,

demarcated from the outside world in the rusty room with no exits.

Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy, the director and producer, is a professional

dancer from Norway. She experiments with movement and space by

using moving images in collaboration with architect and co-filmmaker Sveinung Gjessing.

 

HUSH

Writer & Producer: Candice Onyeama

UK, 2016, 14:55 min.

NY PREMIERE

European premier at the BFI in the UK, West African Premier at

AFFRIF, American premier at NFFTY Seattle

A British Nigerian family, fragmented by their personal struggles,

tries to come to terms with their youngest daughter’s mutism.

 

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER

NARRATIVE & DOCUMENTARY SHORTS - 2:20 - 3:35 PM

 

#RISEUPOCTOBER

Director, Writer, Producer: B. Monet

Producers: Dr. Cornel West, Kevin “Brother Tee” Brown,

Eugina Gelbelman, B. Monet

US, 2016, 6:07 min.

NY PREMIERE

 

#RiseUpOctober is about different mothers who have lost their loved

ones to police brutality. Dr. Cornel West sheds his light on the solution

to this matter.

 

––––– 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival –––––

 

THIS GEN

Directors: Allegra Earle and Kearah-Armonie

Writer: Kearah-Armonie

US, 2016, 2:26 min

This Gen is a poetic short and lyrical documentary

accompanying the original poem by the same name, written

and recited by Kearah-Armonie. With New York City as its

back drop, this film illustrates the experiences of gentrification in this

city from the perspective of a New York Native.

 

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MACHO

Director & Writer: Faren Humes

Producers: Stefani Saintonge & Faren Humes

US, 2016, 13:44 min.

NY PREMIERE

The tenuous bond of an effeminate twelve-year-old and his

conservative uncle is tested after the killing of transgender woman in the small,

rural town of Sanderson, Fl.

 

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NEW NEIGHBORS

Producers: Sha Cage and E.G. Bailey

Director & Writer: E.G. Bailey

US, 2017, 9:26 min.

NY PREMIERE

Premiered at Sundance Film Festival

How far will a mother go to protect her children?

 

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JUNIOR

Writer: Elle Jae Stewart

(adapted for the screen by Elle Jae Stewart & Pearl Gluck)

Director: Pearl Gluck

Producers: Palinka Pictures, Co-produced with

Thomas H. Stewart & Jennifer Hasty

US, 2017, 28 min.

NY PREMIERE

 

A mother struggles with a new normal after her teenage son is murdered by an

off- duty police officer.

 

––––– 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival –––––

 

BLACK WOMAN: BEAUTIFUL, EMPOWERED, RESILIENT, AND WITTY

- DOCUMENTARY AND NARRATIVE SHORTS - 3.40 - 4:45 PM

 

TO THE BROWN GIRL IN THE ROOM

Director & Writer: Zoë Davidson

US, 2016, 7:13 min.

To The Brown Girl in the Room is a film by Zoë Davidson that

highlights the experiences of being a young Black woman at a

predominantly white liberal arts college.

 

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IN TRANSITION

Writer & Producer: Chiffon Valentine

Director: Dave Mack III

US, 2016, 10:06 min.

 

The film follows the life of Saige Kelly, a young prideful woman, who

refuses to ask for help from anyone. Working a crummy job, bathing at

the local coffee shop and sleeping in her car, more than ever Saige

is in need of help when the one thing she counts on is taken away.

For the first time she must put her pride aside, and admit that

she needs help.

 

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CHARCOAL

Director & Writer: Francesca Andre

Producers: Francesca Andre & Gustavo Torres

US, 2017, 5:13 min.

This film focuses on 2 black women, who have been victims of

colorism. Although there are vast distances between each of them,

their lives are parallel. They constantly face a barrage of social

messages that erode their self-worth and self-esteem. Yet through the

pain that they’ve endured, these women go through a metamorphosis. They take their power back,

fully embracing their dark complexions and stopping the cycle of self-hatred.

 

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SO LONG SLONG

Director: Diemiruaya Deniran

Writer: Nicole Soul

Producers: Naja Hall & Tony Hall Jr.

US, 2017, 9:06 min.

Mya meets Stephan. Initially she thinks she’s made a love

connection but over the course of a date, she discovers that

(once again) she’s come across another “brotha” that does not know himself.

 

––––– 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival –––––

 

B LOVE

Directors: Christine List and Shahari Moore

Writer: Shahari Moore

Producers: Shahari Moore and Christine List

B Love premiered as an Opening Night Selection at the Black

Harvest Film Festival in August of 2015, and in the Diversity in

Cannes Short Film Showcase in 2016

 

Set in Chicago, B Love is an experimental love story between Julius, a sixth grade teacher,

played by Corey Hendrix, Victoria, a gorgeous career woman, played by Brely Evans, and

Bernard a well-traveled bloke from Britain, played by Eamonn Walker. Upon their first

encounter Bernard notices Victoria for her color, scent and shape. To him, she is the prettiest

being that he’s ever laid eyes upon. Unbeknownst to Victoria, Bernard is in pursuit of her

attention as he relentlessly attempts to thwart her budding relationship with Julius.

 

AFTERNOON SHOWCASE

NARRATIVE FEATURE - 5:00 - 6:30 PM

 

TITLE VII

Director: Nicole Franklin

Writers: Nicole Franklin & Craig T. Williams

Producers: Nicole Franklin, Sam Barden, Emelyn Stuart, Carl Gilbert, Jr., Lisa Durden

Associate Producers: Henrietta Parker, Kelly Jo Velez, Warin Henry

US, 2016, 72 min.

NY PREMIERE

 

(TITLE VII is a screenplay adaptation of the book Within

The Walls by author Daisy M. Jenkins)

 

The CEO of Sanger International, an IT consulting firm, is

powerful and successful Hillary Kelsey. Kelsey is a Black

woman with no Black employees and no one can figure

out why—until Darryl Montgomery, her 9:30 a.m. interview,

enters the firm. On this day filled with an unbelievably awful

morning, that reminds Hillary of her “place” in a racially

charged society, a pending account that could make or break

the future of a company and a mystery man determined to turn

Hillary’s world upside down, the events of the film, TITLE VII,

illustrate why same-race discrimination can not only ruin a

company, but possibly destroy lives.

 

––––– 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival –––––

 

YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL - 10:00 - 11:15 AM

REEL WORKS TEEN FILMMAKERS

BALL IS LIFE

REEL WORKS IN THE SCHOOL

Teaching Artists: Caitlin Gibbons &

Steven Spranza

US, 2016, 3:09 min.

A documentary short on the importance

of basketball to the Brownville community.

 

DISTORTED REALITY

Marlon A. Francis, Age 14

Brooklyn Millennium High School

Mentor-Drew Nissen

US, 2016, 7:58 min.

Growing up, Marlon was able to create a

complete world with his imagination. Stepping

out, he discovers a world of racism and

xenophobia and decides to take action

against them.

 

BLACKBIRD

REEL WORKS IN THE SCHOOL

Gotham Academy

Teaching Artist: Amanda Madden

US, 2016, 5:36 min.

A film about our oppression as Black girls which

turns into an appreciation for Black girls. The

pictures are examples of how Black girls are

perceived, and how they actually are; and how

they are discriminated against. Black women

and men were interviewed and expressed their

feelings towards Black girls.

 

NECESSARY CONFLICTS

Monet Massac

Mentor: Shawn Deep

US, Spring 2016, 8:13 min.

Conflicts arise at a seemingly progressive

school. Students with different perspectives

come together to retell the events.

 

WHAT MAKES BLACK PEOPLE BLACK

Eli Lutale

Mentor: Max Gardner

US, Fall 2015, 6:49 min.

This film is a visual essay tackling the subject of

Black identity, and its relationship with the Media.

The film provides a critical look at stereotypes,

misrepresentations, and police brutality through

the eyes of an adolescent.

 

IT STARTS WITH YOU

Destiny Blackwell

Mentor: Meredith McGowan

US, Spring 2016, 7:22 min.

This story is about my journey to become the

person that I am today after getting bullied. In

this film, I talk about the different phases of my

journey in the hopes of inspiring other people

who have gone through similar struggles.

 

BLACK SHEEP

Fall Lab

Camryn Mina Professional Children’s

School Mentor: Nia Stevens

US, 2016, 8:17 min.

What does it mean to be a Black girl from

Bed-Stuy attending an exclusive private school?

A filmmaker examines her own experiences, and

those of other girls in similar situations, knowing

that not only are they stepping into a different

school, they are stepping into a different world.

 

LABELS

REEL WORKS IN THE SCHOOL

Eva, Alejandro & Jeisy

Manhattan International High School

Teaching Artist: Katrina Albright

US, 2016, 4:46 min.

A film about the labels that define us.

 

––––– 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival –––––

 

 

 

 

 

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