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BlackStar Film Festival

Shorts Program 2

Farewell Meu Amor
United States, 2016, 10 min.
Philadelphia Premiere
Dir. Ekwa Msangi
On the morning of the long-awaited reunion with his exiled family, a man is faced with the heartbreak of a different type of parting—from his lover.

United States, 2017, 19 min.
Philadelphia Premiere
Dir. Terron Jones 
An undocumented African immigrant, Ibrahim, finds his way to the United States in search of the American dream. He is a naturally gifted singer in love with ’90s R&B music. Due to circumstance and limited opportunity, he ends up busking in the New York City subway system to raise money to bring his wife and young daughter from a country on the verge of collapse.

Rwanda, 2016, 7 min.
North America Premiere
Dir. Amelia Umuhire
Mugabo is about a young woman’s return to the idealized homeland, a place full of borrowed memories.

Ori Inu: In Search of Self
Trinidad and Tobago & United States, 2016, 29 min.
Philadelphia Premiere
Dir. Chelsea Odufu
Ori Inu: In Search of Self is a coming-of-age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble. The film stars Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins and feature the Grammy-nominated Afropean duo Les Nubiens among others.