BlackStar Film Festival

Shorts: Diasporic Encounters

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Thursday 8/4
11:00 am
$12 General Admission
$8 Students & Seniors
$6 IHP Member or Blackstar Member
Free IHP Residents (Box Office Only)

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Field Notes
dir. Vashti Harrison, Experimental, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014, 18 min.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
An experimental portrait of the ghosts embedded in the culture of the island nations of Trinidad and Tobago. Structured as a visual and aural field guide to the spirits of the island; Field Notes focuses on the places where the natural and supernatural collide, from personal tales about shape-shifters and bloodsuckers, to the ghosts of Trinidad's past.

King of Guangzhou
dir. Quester Hannah, Short Narrative, China, 2014, 14 min.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
A Nigerian man expecting a child with his Chinese partner fights deportation from her home country.

Nana Dijo; Iressolute Radiography of Black Consciousness
dirs. Bocafloja & Cambiowashere, Short Documentary, 
Argentina/Honduras/Mexico/United States/Uruguay, 2015, 37 min.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
Nana Dijo is an urgent historical registry in the form of a documentary. Filmed in Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States, it opens a crucial platform of analysis about race relations by transgressing beyond the parameters of "safe discourse" imposed by culturalist agendas. The narrative sewed into Nana Dijo grows out from the body of the oppressed as an auto-cartographic experience that trespasses the borders created by nation-states.

Nana Dijo is the black experience often hidden in the colonized psyche, which goes out for a walk each Sunday through the vernacular experience of our grandmothers. Navigating in an industry flooded with politically conservative projectsabout afro-descendency with approaches that are fully subordinated to the cultural hegemonies, and with the intention to exoticize and not to empower the the oppressed, Nana Dijo emerges as a solid effort to affirm the Black-experience narrative in first person.

See Me On The Beat
dir. Philip Asbury, Short Narrative, United States, 2016, 6 min
Amid the bustle of their personal lives, two strangers meet in a salsa club and share a song. Through the magic of Afro-Latin rhythms, the dancers learn about each other and embark on graffiti-filled adventures far away.

Philip Asbury will be present for Q&A