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BlackStar Film Festival

Shorts Program 7

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Thursday 8/3
3:50 pm
$12 General Public
$8 Students, Seniors, and BlackStar Members
$6 IHP/Lightbox Members

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black enuf*
United States, 2016, 22 min.
Philadelphia Premiere
Dir. Carrie Hawks
A queer oddball seeks approval from black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop credentials and a family that “talks white.” Her quest for a Black Card (undeniable acceptance of her racial identity) takes her from Missouri to New York and halfway around the world. The film interweaves stories from her great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family and friends, and hand-drawn memories.
Conversations with Otura Mun
United States, 2016, 22 min.
World Premiere
Dir. Omid Fatemi
Otura Mun has experienced a transformation. He has altered the relationship to his reality by shifting his perceptions from being based solely on a world that is material to one that is largely spiritual. This short film encounters him just a year from when he committed himself to this new state of being, when he was reborn into his present name after being ordained in Cuba as a Babaláwo (a priest) in the Ifá sect of the Yoruba faith.
Dear Mr. Shakespeare
United Kingdom, 2017, 5 min.
Philadelphia Premiere
Dir. Shola Amoo
A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Dear Mr. Shakespeare explores the intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

For Paradise
United States, 2016, 25 min.
North America Premiere
Dir. Elizabeth Webb
The filmmaker’s great-grandmother was a black woman named Paradise who was known for her exquisite beauty, yet there are no recorded images of her. At the age of 18, Webb discovered a family history that had gone unspoken for a generation: her paternal grandfather, whom she had never met, was African American. Her father had been passing as white and had raised his family as such. For Paradise discovers this woman’s personal history and traces the construction of racial identities within a family in which members operate on both sides of the “color line.” 

White Face
United States, 2017, 21 min.
Philadelphia Premiere
Dir. Mtume Gant 
New York Actor Charles Rogers hates his skin and all the hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race, Charles believes he has found the solution to his problems: change his appearance to embody “whiteness,” erase all that he has ever been, and join the group he believes he should be a part of. But is this ever possible?