Ayiti Mon Amour | 9 Rides | Secrets of the Magic City | The Unseen
Die Expats | While We Live |The Last Fall | Love and Kwaito
A Moving Image | Dreamstates | The Revolution Won't Be Televised | Play The Devil
Skorokoro | Land Of Milk & Money | Dar Noir
Inamorata | space____d | Palm Trees Down 3rd Street
Night Shift | Forward | A Thousand Midnights| Afro Punk Girl | We All We Got
IN DEVELOPMENT | PRE-PRODUCTION | PRODUCTION
Skylarking | Zion Music
Director: Coréon Dú | Documentary | Angola | Runtime: 83 min
Award of Merit Special Mention Winner at 2017 INDIEFEST FILM AWARDS
World Premiere at 2016 WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL with Nomination for Best Documentary
Nominee for Best Documentary @ 2016 LONDON FASHION FILM FESTIVAL
The African continent has always been a place that evokes a deep sense of wonder and fantasy. It is naturally diverse, with a vast array of people, cultures, and natural beauty. Being the home to ancient civilizations, it is considered the "birthplace of humanity" or "the Motherland". But could it also be the birthplace of style? Africans and their cultures are inspiring the aesthetic world today more than ever. From the runways of the world to the meccas of visual art, there is an undeniable presence of African Influence and a growing number of African trendsetters. Bangaologia sets out to explore the reason behind the recent growth of the African Aesthetic in the world.
Director: Emilie Upczak | Drama | Trinidad and Tabago, USA | Runtime: 77 min
After being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago to be with her brother, Zhenzhen, an illegal Chinese immigrant, discovers the true cost of her arrival.
Directors: Jerry Hayes and Harley Wallen | Documentary | USA | Runtime: 94 min
New Orleans Film Festival 2017 Winner of the audience award for Louisiana Feature.
San Francisco Frost Film Festival 2018 Festival Winner of the Music Documentary award.
San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2018 Winner of the audience Documentary Feature award.
Down in the musical world of New Orleans, Papa Grows Funk is a beloved band and local institution, but trying to win national fame will force the group to decide what's really important, and may tear them apart.
Director: Tatenda Mbudzi | Mockumentary | Zimbabwe | Runtime: 86 min
Zim High is a documentary filmed in Zimbabwe by Aboriginal Australian Exchange student Simon Kaantju (17), showing what it’s like to attend the harshest, most cruel, and most prestigious high school in Africa. Simon follows the mercilessly bullied and anime obsessed Tatenda Mbudzi (17) who is desperately trying to win student votes in order to become a Prefect (All powerful student leader). If Tatenda becomes a Prefect, he gets scholarship funding to study anime in Japan, which is his biggest dream. As the Prefect selection date draws closer, Tatenda is forced to trust his election campaign to Simon - who gradually suggests more and more extreme methods for winning votes. Ultimately Tatenda must decide if his dreams; are worth killing for...
Director: Amirah Tahdin | Documentary | UK and Kenya | Runtime: 74 min
Diamonds, Backpacks and a Matchbox is an intimate portrayal of struggle, unfathomable loss, and the enduring power of the human spirit. It is a film about survival and belonging, which captures the catastrophic impact of the Syrian war through the eyes of those who have lived it. Filmed in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon during the winter of 2016/17, this feature-length documentary tells the stories of some of the millions of Syrians whose lives have been upended by desperation and violence. These are the voices of Syria’s survivors; sharing their fears, dreams and hopes for the future. Diamonds, Backpacks and a Matchbox is the human face behind the most urgent humanitarian crisis of our time, and a call for empathy to a world that still too often looks the other way.
Director: Andrew Stephen Lee | Short Film | Philippines | Runtime: 20 min
75th Venice Film Festival - Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia (World Premiere)
28th Busan International Film Festival
48th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
14th Cinema One Originals Film Festival, Winner Best Short Film***
22nd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
24th Geneva International Film Festival
29th Singapore International Film Festival
Manila, July 7, 2009. As Michael Jackson’s televised funeral plays throughout The Philippines despite terrorist attacks in the south, an estranged son purchases a child who can drink and smoke to impress his father. However, when the patriarch and his friends embrace the new child as one of their own, the question must be asked: what determines who is more valuable of attention?
Director: Annetta Laufer | Short Film | UK | Runtime: 17 min
A young Jamaican woman, arrives to the ‘Mother Country’ of Britain in 1962, to start a new life with her husband Emil, whom she has not seen for two years. However, she’s holding a secret and has to make a choice on what she wants for her life.
Directed by Guetty Felin | Drama | 82 min | Haiti | 2016
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival
San Francisco Film Society
Havana de Cuba Film Festival
A magical neorealist fable set in Haiti five years after a devastating earthquake.
Directed by Anisia Uzeyman | Starring Saul Williams | Experimental|Romance|Shot on an iPhone | 74 mins | US | 2016
Official Selection: Los Angeles Film Festival 2016
US Theatrical Release: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Gary, Chicago, New Orleans
Dreamstates paints an underground portrait of a sultry, sensual, and quixotic America through the fleeting romance of two artistic lovers. The film stars acclaimed poet and actor Saul Williams, CS KiDRONik (Nine Inch Nails, Saul Williams), Beau Sia (Rachel Getting Married), William Nadylam (Claire Denis' White Material), and Anisia Uzeyman (Alain Gomis' Tey).
Directed by Jasmin S. Greene & Marti Hines | Drama | 113 mins | Germany | 2017
Four people trying to claim or reclaim their sense of self. As the stakes get higher they may be forced to let go of their past and perhaps each other.
Directed by Maria Govan | Drama | 90 min | Trinidad & Tobago | 2016
Official Selection: Los Angeles Film Festival 2016
Licensed worldwide by Breaking Glass
Set against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago's mystical Carnival, a gifted and struggling young man becomes the object of intrigue for an older, well-meaning businessman until their worlds collide.
Directed by Dani Kouyaté | Coming-of-Age, Dramedy | 127 mins | Sweden | 2016
Official Selection: Montreal World Film Festival 2016
An African women in her fifties who has lived in Sweden for 30 years, decides to move back to Gambia. Her son, who dreams of a career in hip hop and is about to make a breakthrough, goes with her. A warm, broad dramedy about a universal theme: identity.
Directed by Darrell Roodt | Comedy | 91 min | South Africa | 2016
HAPPINESS earns a living by driving the most rickety skorokoro you've ever seen. It's not exactly going to make him a millionaire but it's an invaluable community service he finds himself content with until he fall in love with a PATRICIA, the wealthy Chief's daughter. Happiness must find a way to please Patricia's father with wealth, while winning her heart with love.
Directed by Neels Clasen | Comedy | 97 min | South Africa | 2016
The Land of Milk and Money takes a satirical look at a contemporary South Africa and makes use of a combination of situational, physical and sketch comedic devices in order to tell the story of three characters searching for their own Land of Milk and Money.
Directed by Matthew A. Cherry | Drama | 83 min | US | 2016
Directed by Matthew A. Cherry | Drama | 97 mins | US | 2012
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival
After several years playing NFL professional football, 25 year-old Kyle Bishop (Lance Gross) is released from his fourth team in three years. Kyle returns to his hometown, broke and at a complete loss about what he will do for a living.
Directed by R. Malcolm Jones | Dramedy-Mystery | 120 min | US | 2014
A gritty story filled with hope and the will to survive.
Directed by Perivi Katjavivi | Drama | 70 min | Namibia | 2016
Official Selection: Busan International Film Festival 2016
Unfolding more like a conversation than a narrative, The Unseen follows the story of three wandering souls as they navigate the emotional and physical realities of post-colonial Namibia. First there is Marcus, an African American actor tasked with portraying one of Namibia’s historical leaders. Seeking authenticity in his craft, he embarks on an earnest research mission to unveil the true history of his character. Then there is Anu, a talented local musician who is having trouble negotiating between his influences and identity. Lastly, there is Sara, a depressed young woman uncertain of whether or not her environment provides anything worth living for.
Directed by Shola Amoo | Produced by Rienkje Attoh | Multimedia, Drama | 74 mins | UK | 2016
Official Selection: LA Film Festival 2016 (World Fiction competition)
Blackstar Film Festival 2016
BET Urbanworld 2016 Winner, Jury Special Recognition Award for Narrative Fiction
BFI London Film Festival 2016
After a long absence, an artist returns to her gentrified community where she explores her social position and complicity in the rapid changes.
Directed by Rama Thiaw | Documentary | 110 mins | Senegal | 2016
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2016, Winner FIPRESCI Prize of Critics , Caligari Film Prize, Special Mention
Old men who brutally and relentlessly cling to their roles as heads of state have become colossally negative images in many African countries, including Senegal. When President Abdoulaye Wade wanted to run for office yet again, a resistance movement formed on the streets. Shortly thereafter, a group of school friends, including rappers Thiat and Kilifeu, set up "Y'en a marre" (We are Fed Up) to galvanize the youth of the country, and fight for political freedom.
Directed by Hamadi Mwapachu | Crime Thriller | 102 mins | Tanzania | 2016
Official Selection: Curaço International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection: Urbanworld Film Festival 2016
A conflicted detective with a heroin problem and self-destructive tendencies decides to start acting right after falling for a prostitute who sees the best in him. A drub dealer, on a mission to retrieve his confiscated narcotics and mysteriously slain sex workers, threatens to disrupt the progress the detective has made in his personal and professional life.
Directed by Maria Judice | US | Short Narrative | 9 mins
Best friends, Krista and Marlie walk up the steepest hill ever. They discuss their soon to be high school careers, all they will leave behind, and the “adulting” of their friendship.
Directed by Maria Judice | US | Short Narrative | 18 mins
BET’S LENS ON TALENT, Winner Shelly Award for Excellence in Directing
SFWFF Best Short Film
Opposites attract as unlikely half-sisters Winter and Nikki meet on the streets for the first time in San Francisco.
Directed by Annetta Laufer | Short Sci-Fi Drama | 16 minutes | UK | 2016
AFRO PUNK GIRL is a dystopian sci-fi drama set in a near future Britain, where Christmases are hot, nights are filled with violent muggings and the militia government enforces the “Happiness Agenda” upon it's citizens. Lil, an afro punk rocker is on her way north to the New World in search of food and her lost family. She meets Mr Dandy, an alcoholic rebel with an electronic voice box, who offers access to food in exchange for a lift on her rickshaw. Lil reluctantly agrees as she has run out of food. A loner at heart, she finds herself drawn to Mr Dandy’s effervescent nature, and they form a bond. When they get caught stealing food from a government fish farm, Lil must choose between saving herself or rescuing her new friend and jeopardizing her trip to the New World.
Directed by Matthew A. Cherry | Short Narrative | 11 min | US | 2016
A short film about finding love in an unexpected place.
*Shot on the Canon C300 & the iPhone 6s
Directed by Marshall Tyler| Short Narrative | 14 min | 2017
2017 SUNDANCE OFFICIAL SELECTION
A night in the life of a club bathroom attendant, goes haywire on this one night.
Starring Tunde Adebimpe (TV On the Radio), China Shavers (American Crime Story)
Directed by Carlos Javier Ortiz | Short Documentary | 12 min | US | 2015
Official Selection: AFI FEST 2016, Special Mention for Cinematography Award
This experimental documentary chronicles the contemporary manifestation of the economic and social histories of Black Americans who came to the north during the Great Migration in search of economic opportunities. The implications of their migration, and the lack of economic opportunity they encountered, has far reaching consequences for Black Americans today.
Directed by Carlos Javier Ortiz | Short Documentary | 9 min | US | 2016
Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2016
This short documentary captures the poetic language of the streets: police helicopters flying over the city, music popping out of cars, ambulances on the run, and preachers hollering for the violence to stop after another young man is senselessly gunned down in the streets of Chicago. In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the country's recent focus on youth violence, of black and brown youth, police brutality, poverty and marginalized communities, We All We Got is an elegy of urban America.
Directed by A-lan Holt | US | Short Narrative | 20 mins
Official Selection: Blackstar Film Festival 2017
After learning of her fiancé’s infidelity, Lola Francis (Sabina Karlsson), a young, Black, clairvoyant finds herself in his lover’s bedroom. What happens between them, neither see coming.