Opening Night Film
Adapted from Mbongeni Ngema's Broadway production of Asinamali On the prison yard on Robin Island, a man named Nelson Mandela told Msizi Dube "Go and do it for all of us, for all our people. So one day we may join you in a free South Africa." After Msizi Dube was released residents of Lamontville Township, with anger and passion in their hearts, demonstrated against proposed rent increases, and led the crowds with a cry of ASINAMALI - We have no money. Dube was later gunned down but his cause and mission had touched the hearts of millions who still believe and follow in what he said. Our story takes place, ten years later in a prison, where a group of inmates are asked to create and perform a stage play for the governor and his associates for a celebration at the prison. These seven inmates, crammed together in a small cell, use their free time at night, after a hard days work, creating the stage play as a way of escaping the reality of where they are.
Closing Night Film
Miracles & Muzik
Miracles & Muzik is the factual documentary featuring the life of Platinum Record recording, Grammy Nominated and Golden Globe winning producer Rickey “Slikk Muzik” Offord.
Trails of Hope and Terror
When a nation builds roads into another country to extract its raw materials and cheap labor, we shouldn't be surprised when people take those same roads following everything that has been stolen from them.
A detective teams up with a rogue JDF officer to stop a sex trafficking ring in Jamaica.
A passionate attorney takes three teens to trial for bullying.
Set in the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, HappySAD is a universal coming of age story of love, pain and redemption.
Elementary Genocide: From Primary to Penitentiary" exposes the socially engineered mechanism created by our government and utilizing the public school system to label elementary aged African American males as work for hire targets within the US penal system.
A 16 year old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother.
A multitalented girl who uses her talent to help others in need. It teaches children to be them selves because everyone is talented and unique in their own way.
Saving Barbara Sizemore
In 2015, it was one of four charter schools put on the chopping block by Chicago Public Schools.
Pull Your pants up!!
Educator and humanitarian Tracy Jenkins articulates his views on sagging pants, the style of dress defined by the Urban Dictionary as: Hip-hop and gangster cultural fashion: Wearing one’s pants below the level of the waist, sometimes below the level of the buttocks, with one’s boxer shorts showing.
Back to natural
Back to Natural: A Documentary Film is a groundbreaking, 68-minute documentary film that takes a shocking and emotional look at the intersection of hair, politics, and identity in Black communities.
A broken appointment
Set to the backdrop of "Epilogue" a poem by Kei Miller, This film explores the dynamic of closeting within a young gay relationship, and how "hiding in the dark" may lead to a destructive end. However, Miller's poetry attempts to offer some optimism for the ability of queer Caribbean relationships to rise again after an unfortunate end.
Bajo La rose (Under the rose)
Sara, Oliver and Julia's daughter suddenly disappears. Days pass by without any news about the girl. But one morning, the family receives a letter from someone who claims to have retained Sara and wants to talk with them that night.
Incarcerating US is a feature-length documentary that exposes America's prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms.
The Mind of Mark Defriest
When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after more than three decades years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past. Mark DeFriest is an American prison legend, a notorious escape artist who has spent 34 years behind bars, with little light, hope or human contact.
What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade?
Surviving International Boulevard
This documentary short reveals the complex reality of domestic child sex trafficking through the experiences of two local women from Oakland, California. Driving along International Boulevard's dark streets, a mother recounts her own wild determination to rescue her 15-year-old daughter from a sex trafficker 'boyfriend'.
People with 'kinky' / curly hair have been the butt of every hair joke worldwide for centuries. From name-calling, discrimination across all platforms, lost opportunities and more, these issues tend to take a toll on the lives of 'naturals' around the globe. 'Sorf Hair.' explores the natural-hair experience in Trinidad and Tobago as several people, from all walks of life and different hair textures, unearth their stories, challenges, and give their points of view on how and why naturals are treated the way they are in this country.
Venice, Italy. Cesare quit his job as head of the special department in charge of integrating the Returnees into society. He quit because he didn’t agree any longer with their policy of treating those creatures like slaves. Cesare stands up for their life, when the Doge of Venice decides to destroy them when it became politically convenient. Cesare’s determination doesn’t only lay in protecting human rights. He believes that they can still feel emotion and, possibly one day, talk.
Socially marginalized and ostracized, a group of residents from the community of Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston, Jamaica, seeks recognition for the injustice they endured during a government raid that left over 150 people dead.
Playing with direct confrontation, a solo dancer searches for enlightenment through cycles of repetition.
The embroidered dress
Orhan, who works in a small embroidery workshop in one of the low-income districts of Istanbul, finds himself in a conflictive situation at work which eventually forces him to confront himself.
Bloodline: Now or Never
In a world where the price of a rhino horn is higher than cocaine, a determined Special Forces captain and anti-poaching crusader goes on a savage rampage to avenge his murdered partner and stop criminal networks from trafficking endangered wildlife.
Officer Lincoln Holly
The story of Officer Lincoln Holly begins during a routine patrol where Holly and his partner find themselves chasing after a couple of suspects. Unfortunately for Holly he ends up shooting one of the suspects, who turns out to be unarmed African-American teen Nicky James. In a desperate attempt for forgiveness, Holly makes a video for his teenage boy and unborn son, pleading his innocence but it comes at a price.
Through the narration of my story, Blueprint follows the life of Royal-T Jones, who was a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father. Royal-T and her younger sister Rayland’s father raised them after the death of their mother. His drunkenness often blurred his reality, and when he needed to, had no problem using Royal-T for his self serving gratifications. The truth of the matter is, he would have taken either sister, but Royal-T, protected her 7-year-old sister from the experiences, opting to go in her place.
LA OPOSICIÓN explores immigration policy under the new Trump administration. When officers for the Department of Homeland Security are ordered to aggressively monitor immigration targets in the USA, they start to question their own culpability in the new system.
Clare+94 enlists the help of an unwilling Lena225 to rebel against a rigidly controlled society.
PROXIMA - "INDOOR TELESCOPE, A SPATIAL WORK OF EDUARDO KAC"
Excerpt from the training sequence at EAC, Cologne. "Télescope intérieur, a space work by Eduardo Kac" A film by Virgile Novarina Length: 34 'Year 2017 A production of the Observatoire de l'Espace, the CNES arts-sciences laboratory, with the support of the Daniel and Nina Carasso. Credits: CNES.
Virgile Sleeps - 6 Sketches for a film
Virgile Novarina conducts, for more than 20 years, a survey on sleeping. His research lead him to produce some "night writings and drawings" during micro-awaking, to sleep in a Bremen laboratory in order to researchers to analyze his sleep different forms, and also to produce an image of the sleep in public places all around the world: the one from Virgile sleeping.
Kylie Morgan (Patricia McKenzie) is a private eye on the hunt for a heartless killer. With nothing but sheer will she soon finds help in a detective, Anthony Woods (Don Wallace).
Eva wakes from a drunken blackout and learns she's a victim of sexual assault.
PARIS, on 13th November 2015: A humble janitor becomes an unexpected hero in the face of a violent, terrorist attack. The film won the best film award in the cinémathèque française on 5th December 2016, and also received the prestigious ALBERT R. BROCCOLI AWARD for 2016.
Thank You Rebbe
A Ba'Al Teshuva, a secular Jew that turned to embrace Orthodox Judaism, walks into a Chabad House to write a letter to the Rebbe. Key moments of a life time are unfold with an upbeat narrative. Inspiring short film based on true events.
A JazzPoetry Ensemble by Michael Vander Does.
Fake Geek Girl
A girl grows up struggling to reconcile her love of video games with the problems that she and others face as marginalized gamers.