October 8, 2015

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The barber startedstill_1-01 cutting the boys hair while watching a football game on Tv.

Director: Saman Hosseinuor

October 8, 2015  – 9:00 AM UB Learning Commons

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Madina’s Dream

After decades of civil war, South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011. But inside Sudan, the conflict continues. Sudan’s government employs aerial bombings and starvation warfare against the inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan or remain trapped in the war zone. Eleven­-year­-old Madina and countless others dream of a brighter future for the Nuban people. Director: Andrew Berends         

October 8, 2015  – 9:00 AM UB Learning Commons        Watch Trailer

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Coming Home

Coming_Home__Promo_PhotoMahogany faithfully waits on her longtime boyfriend to come home from prison but things start to change as she is pressured by her best friend Zoe to move on.

Director: Derron Campbell    Watch Trailer

October 8, 2015 10:45  AM UB Learning Commons

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TytaziearniaTytaziearna is a documentary which follows the life of a young teenage mother from inner city D.C. Tytaziearna is a 17 year old, former cheerleader who just had her first son. She experienced some of the worst things life could throw at a child, but remained positive, and persevered. The film delves into her life both in and out of school while addressing issues of self-worth, love, survival, motherhood, and education. Despite being a single teenage mom, primary caretaker of her siblings, and nearly homeless, Tytaziearna endeavors to graduate on time from high school and pursue her dream of going to college. This film evokes compassion and empathy upon the viewer’s heart and calls for a new approach to helping and understanding America’s teenagers.  Director: Brittaney Nunnally   

October 8, 2015  – 10:45 AM UB Learning Commons   Purchase Tickets Here 


The DecisionDecision

Inspired by the relationship between George Jackson and Angela Davis: A young couple is forced to make difficult decisions during the Black Power Movement.  Director: Max Cole   

October 8, 2015  – 11:00 AM  Charles Theatre

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Shortage of Children

Shortage of Children_CamelienFence
Winter 1963…Two children, Camelien (10) and Lenais (5), from the Reunion Island are taken away from their mother to help in the resettlement policy of the French government. Instead of going to school and receiving an education, Camelien is going to serve as labor in an isolated farm.

Director: Marie-Hélene Roux    Watch Trailer   October 8, 2015  – 11:00 AM  Charles Theatre

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War Child – Chapter 1

War_ChildThe first chapter of Emmanuel Jal’s autobiography, War Child. It begins the story of when Emmanuel was a seven year old Sudanese boy, living in a small village at the onset of the Sudan civil war.

Director: Norm Fassbender                                        

October 8, 2015  – 12:15 PM  Charles Theatre




A film about a former child soldier from the Congo who is brought to the UK by an aid worker who he now lives with to escape his violent past.

Director: Rob Brown          Watch Trailer

October 8, 2015  – 12:15 PM  Charles Theatre

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Glen’s Villiage

Glenn's Villiage

“From the hood to the Ivy League”

Glen Casey was born and raised in a world of drugs and violence. But with the help of counselors, mentors, teachers — and most of all, a mother who never quit on him — he’s now a University of Pennsylvania sophomore. “Glen’s Village” immerses viewers in University City and West Philadelphia. Although only separated by a few blocks — the two neighborhoods are galaxies apart in reality.

Director: Dorian Geiger    Watch Trailer    October 8, 2015  – 12:30 PM UB Learning Commons

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N’kisi Concorde

N’kisi Concorde, a documentary feature, investigates the lives and work of two Detroit-area outsider artists and visual storytellers, Olayami Dabls and Dmytro Szylak, whose extraordinary installations reflect the power of the imagination unbound by artistic conventions or popular tastes. Though unrelated by work or acquaintance, these artists are united by the power of their singular visions to stimulate lively public engagement and to color the cultural landscapes of their communities.

Director: Nikki Sass  Watch Trailer   October 8, 2015  – 12:30 PM UB Learning Commons

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The StudentThe Student Body Body

The Student Body is a semi-anthology web series that parodies life at historically Black Colleges and universities (HBCU’s). THE STUDENT BODY chronicles the lives of Students at Nagrom State University. A Fictional University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Director: Christian Smooth

October 8, 2015  – 2:15 PM  Charles Theatre   Watch Trailer
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The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen

Passionate Pursiuts_Angela BowenTHE PASSIONATE PURSUITS OF ANGELA BOWEN is the story of a black girl who came of age during the Jim Crow era in the 1940s and 50s in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and how her early home life and experience of race, economics, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation and age have influenced her passions, mission, and strategies for survival over six decades. Angela Bowen’s powerful stories, which were heard by the film’s director for over 20 years, fueled the desire to more fully understand and appreciate the roots of her feminism, her early influences, challenges, strategies and life’s mission.

Director: Jennifer Abod  Watch Trailer   October 8, 2015  – 2:15 PM  Charles Theatre
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An itinerant preacher proclaims to people that their god is in the very coffin he is dragging along.

Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese                                        

October 8, 2015  – 2:45 PM UB Learning Commons

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Late Expectations

Late Expectations_2India is a high school senior living in Brooklyn, she’s gotten a full scholarship to Brown University and is a model student, good daughter, fun best friend and loving girlfriend. On the outside, she seems to be living the teenage dream. However, it is all a lie. Internally, she is tormented, and hides a secret that threatens to end her most important relationships. She finally gains the courage to reveal her double life but discovers something that shatters her world completely.  Director: Laurie Arakaki   

October 8, 2015  – 2:45 PM UB Learning Commons

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The Lives of LaMott Atkins

Lives of Lamott

W.E.B. DuBois famously wrote that every Black person in America grows up with “this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others.” But what happens when the double consciousness of being gay is overlaid on that? This self-narrated documentary follows a man of extraordinary talent: running back for the Stanford Cardinal; dancer at Julliard; model, singer, and performer in Europe; the epitome of Black masculinity and grace. And yet closeted for the first 40 years of his life. When he finally crashes and burns, his wanderings bring him to the very heart of gay life in San Francisco. And still he won’t come out.  Director: Robert Philipson 

October 8, 2015  – 2:45 PM UB Learning Commons   Watch Trailer

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Only For Forever

A hipster thief who desperately needs money to get out of the city snatches a lonely model’s purse. Instead of running with the money Marlee returns, and finds that Nora is her soul mate. Now she must discover if love outweighs all obstacles, and if it is enough for forever. Director: Nia Imani  

Watch Trailer   October 8, 2015  – 2:45 PM UB Learning Commons

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Love For Passion

Love for passionLove for Passion tells the story of Jeffrey Love (James Brown III) who is a young African-American dancer on the verge of his NYC solo debut. All is well until his estranged father of ten years, Darryl (Miles Mussenden) shows up seeking forgiveness. At the urging of his sister, Janine (La Rivers) and his girlfriend, LR (Malikha Mallette) Jeffrey finally agrees to confront his father and ten years of pain. The film also stars Tony Award nominee & dance legend, Desmond Richardson as KC, the demanding artistic director of the Kaleidoscope dance company.  Director: Nathan Hale Williams

October 8, 2015  – 4:30 PM Charles Theatre

The Invented People. Echoes from Cape Verde

Invented People_Cape VerdeIn 1984 a group of young Cape Verdeans influenced by the spirit of the Woodstock festival decided to create the “Baia das Gatas” festival on the island of San Vicente, Cape Verde.  What they could not imagine was that 30 years later this festival would be a reference to the island and one of the most important events in the country. Its music brings echoes of an invented people.  Watch Trailer

Director: Juan Meseguer  October 8 2015  – 4:30 PM  Charles Theatre

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Farming A Legacy

Farming A Legacy2The loss of black-owned family farmland in America begins in 1865 with the government’s failed promise of supplying forty acres and a mule to the newly freed slaves. Since then, black farmers have struggled for survival and fought continuously to acquire and retain ownership of farmland while facing economic and racial barriers along the way. The black farmer has suffered greatly during his journey to obtain independent land ownership. Farming A Legacy is about black farmers in Calvert County, Maryland who have survived for generations against incredible odds and have found ways to continue a family farming legacy born on the backs of their slave ancestors.  Director: Rodney Sutton  

October 8, 2015  4:45 PM UB Learning Commons           Watch Trailer   

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Naz & Maalik

Naz-and-Maalik-kissOver the course of one Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by FBI surveillance. Intimate and meditative, NAZ AND MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

Director: Jay Dockendorf        Watch Trailer  

October 8, 2015  – 4:45 PM UB Learning Commons

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Meeting Supermann

Meeting Supermann

When Neo wakes up one morning, she has no clue this is the day she will be meeting Superman.

Director: Hannah Stockmann     Watch Trailer

October 8, 2015  – 6:45 PM UB Learning Commons

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Dante and Minnie

Dante and Minnie_2Dante and Minnie is the story of two young homeless people. Minnie is trying to escape life on the streets, while Dante is trying to escape the real world by retreating to the streets. They fell in love as their paths crossed, but now they struggle as they each try to push the other in the direction they are headed.   Director: Miceal Og O’Donnell                   Watch Trailer

October 8, 2015  – 6:45 PM UB Learning Commons

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Cowboy’s Girl

cowboys_girlA successful woman travels to the seedy fringes of Las Vegas to confront her estranged, eccentric father, known simply as ‘Cowboy’. Because of his failing health, this is her last chance to solve the mystery surrounding her identity that has haunted her for years. With a DNA test stored secretly in her purse, she knows she’s heading into the home of an unpredictable and manipulative man, who is unlikely to give up the answer. Director: Andrew Piccone             Watch Trailer 

October 8, 2015  8:45  PM UB Learning Commons

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We Came to Sweat

We Came to SweatOver 50 years of gay, African American heritage is at stake when a revered and celebrated pre-Stonewall Black owned Brooklyn bar is threatened by redevelopment. WE CAME TO SWEAT is a documentary feature about the oldest Black-owned gay establishment in Brooklyn, the Starlite Lounge. The film follows the bar’s struggle to fight an impending eviction, while tracing back the history of its formation over half a century ago. The film explores the intersections of race, sexuality, and gentrification through the documentation of a historic and cultural institution on the verge of disappearance.  Directors: Kate Kunath & Sasha Wortzel      Watch Trailer

October 8, 2015  – 8:45 PM UB Learning Commons    Purchase Tickets Here