2nd Annual Black August Independent Film Festival
Africa and the Diaspora (4:15pm to 6:20pm)
“Native Sun” directed by Terence Nance & Blitz the Ambassador (21 minutes)
A boy journeys from the village to the city in search of his father. Shot entirely in Ghana, the film features the music of hip hop artist Blitz the Ambassador, from his album of the same name.
“The Prodigal Son” directed by Kurt Orderson (64 minutes)
Kurt Orderson, a Rastafarian and young filmmaker, from Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, came to an understanding of the meaning of black consciousness and thus sought to retrace his great grandfather’s epic journey and legacy– Joseph Orderson, who came from Barbados to Cape Town in the 1890’s and was part of the Universal Negro Improvement Association UNIA, founded by the great Marcus Garvey, the father of contemporary Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism. “The Prodigal Son” retraces the lost history of the Orderson family, and the West Indian community who left the Caribbean in the late 1800’s as emancipated slaves, to settle in District Six, Cape Town. The film was shot on location in South Africa, USA, Barbados and St. Vincent.
SHORT FILM: “A Crocodile Story” directed by Hisham Haj Omer (3 minutes)
Refugee Club celebrates the first day of the Referendum Vote in South Sudan, with the release of a short animation created by its founder, Hisham Haj Omar. The first animation released by RC, this effort features a traditional Sudanese song titled “Habibi Taal” sung by Alsarah and produced by Ehab of NasJota Productions.
“Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty” directed by Kurt Orderson (37 minutes)
Black Resistance in the USA (6:25pm to 8pm)
directed by the students of Satellite Academy (16 minutes)
“Cointelpro 101” directed by the Freedom Archives (56 minutes)
“Panther Cubs” (Trailer) directed by Ksisay Sadiki (12 minutes)
SHORT FILM: “A Creation Story” directed by Natasha Ngaiza (9 minutes)
“A Creation Story” is Natasha Ngaiza’s 2nd year film at Temple University. It is shot on super 16mm film and uses clay animation to reveal the magic of storytelling, hair maintenance and the special relationship between mothers and daughters.
Dinner Break (8pm-8:30pm) Food and snacks will be available at the festival throughout the day.
SHORT FILM: “Mirror Mirror” directed by Tamika R. Guishard (4 minutes)
Reflections of Love. This silent film is an exercise in purely visual storytelling. Shot on 16mm. B & W film, Mirror Mirror is a chance meeting between two people that are picture-perfect. Their potential for a match made in heaven is undeniable despite the fact that they have never met…happily ever after?
Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, and Activism (8:35pm-10:30pm)
“Black Womyn Griots” directed by Helen Yohannes (9 minutes)
Black Womyn Griots is a film that explores the black literary genre of spoken word. Toronto-based female poets share how they use storytelling as an act of resistance and language as a site of power. This film depicts spoken word as a powerful means to build communities, organize resistance and tell our stories.
“Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation” directed by Nana Dankwa (98 minutes)
The Black August Film Festival will take place August 13th, 2011 from 4PM – 10PM
Location: The National Black Theatre – Institute of Action Arts
2031-33 National Black Theatre Way/Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10035
(Btwn 125th & 126th St.)
Suggested Donation: $10 (nobody will be turned away)
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