4th Annual Blackstar Film Festival
Shorts: Lessons Earned
The bonds of family and friendship are constantly tested by
the force of change. This group of shorts explores how the force of change can
overwhelm our most intimate relationships and leave us in limbo. A girl
discovers new feelings she did not know she had; a young man must take
responsibility and break difficult news to his traditional family; a mother
struggles to confront an impossible reality; a daughter dreams of reviving her
parents’ fading romance.
Films include: Charlotte; The Bravest, The Boldest; Dream;
The Good Son; and Joy.
The Bravest, the Boldest
Short Narrative. United States, 2014, 17 min.
A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can’t bring herself to accept. (Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.)
Short Narrative. United States, 2015, 11 min.
Alex, excited to have befriended the popular girl at school, will do anything to stay in her good graces. When her new friend wants to play house, Alex innocently plays along and develops feelings she doesn’t understand.
Short Narrative. United States, , 16 min.
A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance at her desert town’s annual carnival, and learns hard lessons about love in the process. Adapted from the fhimmaker’s short story, “The Carnival,” this film looks at dreams and reality in the mind of a young girl who associates her and her parent’s happiness with the town’s colorful, sensual carnival.
The Good Son
Short Narrative. United Kingdom, 2014, 14 min.
Kunle has always been the conventional Nigerian son: respectful, dutiful the pride of his family. But during an intimate, traditional family gathering, he is forced to address a secret he has harbored, one that will undoubtedly have a profound, life-changing impact on his relationship with his family.
directed by: Solomon Onita Jr.
Short Narrative. United States, 2015, 15 min.
A Nigerian middle-aged woman living in America, struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year-old daughter.