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SCREEN: BlackStar Film Festival
April 12 - July 11, 2019
SCREEN: BlackStar Film Festival
April 12 - July 11, 2019

The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and global indigenous communities, showcasing films by Black people from around the world. 

Schedule
AdiSea DAWNing, Sabela grimes and Meena Murugesan
Apr 12 - Apr 25, 2019
AdiSea DAWNing, a movement ritual, reveals moments when the words of Octavia Butler are metaphysically transmitted into a young being.
When the Lionfish Came, Tamika Galanis
Apr 26 - May 9, 2019
When the Lionfish Came is a six-minute experimental, short film that juxtaposes the natural world with the cultural environment. This film uses metaphor to address both the effects of capitalism and climate change in the Caribbean—particularly the Bahamas. This film is an illustration of disappearing Bahamian culture (through Junkanoo and reef imagery), the palpability of the absence of real climate change initiatives, and the continued pursuit of capitalistic endeavors (tourism), despite cultural decline.
A Drop of Sun Under the Earth, Shikeith Cathey
May 24 - Jun 6, 2019
A Drop of Sun Under the Earth is a short experimental film about a shy Black boy whose experience of a compassionate encounter turns the emotional and sexual traumas lodged in his body into dreams about otherwise love.
Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets, Adam Khalil
Jun 7 - Jun 20, 2019
An urgent reflection on indigenous sovereignty, the undead violence of museum archives, and postmortem justice through the case of the Kennewick Man, a prehistoric Paleo-American man whose remains were found in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996.
Piu Piu, Naima Ramos-Chapman
Jun 21 - Jul 4, 2019
Piu Piu is a short film about Jordan (Natalie Paul - The Deuce) taking a mundane trip to the city that turns into a surrealist nightmare. When Jordan, a restless young woman, decides to–without reason– ditch her boyfriend (Terence Nance - An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) for a moment of freedom, she soon discovers this gamble reaps reward but not without risk as she contends with monstrous abuses across several planes of existence: mindfully, physically and spiritually.