BlackStar Film Festival

Shorts: Waging Wellness

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Saturday 8/6
11:45 am
$12 General Public
$8 Students & Seniors
$6 IHP Member or Blackstar Member
Free IHP Residents (Box Office Only)

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Amenze, In Between Worlds

dir. Mariona Lloreta Short Narrative Brazil, United States, 2016, 11 min.

World Premiere

Upon receiving a long-lost friend’s call from Lagos, Amenze embarks on a journey to reconnect with her real identity after being forced to change her name and move to Brazil as a sex worker.

And Nothing Happened

dir. Naima Ramos-Chapman Short Narrative United States, 2016, 16 min.

East Coast Premiere 

A young woman struggles to get through her morning routine in the wake of a surreal occurrence.

Finding Her Light

dir. Jammie Patton Short Narrative United States, 2016, 15 min.

East Coast Premiere 

A young ballerina’s grace and innocence captures her father’s heart as she takes pride in being “Daddy’s Little Princess.” Her world is torn apart when her parents divorce and her father abandons her. She spirals into a world of darkness. In her darkest hour, she must decide between destiny and demise.


dir. R. Shanea Williams Short Narrative United States, 2016, 20 min.

East Coast Premiere 

Paralysis tells the story of Jessica Sulloway, a thirty-something photographer suffering from severe sleep disorders; primarily sleep paralysis. This disorder has haunted her most of her life and has lead to mental instability. Jessica has just divorced her husband and is emotionally fragile. Her worried father doesn’t think she can handle living alone in her new apartment but Jessica convinces him otherwise. But it’s a lie: Jessica fears sleeping. Jessica makes desperate attempts to protect herself at night. But the lines of dreams and reality blur when she starts experiencing strange occurrences in her apartment. Soon Jessica fears for her life. She goes to see a parapsychologist whose insight into demon folklore concerning sleep paralysis only makes things worse. Jessica refuses to believe that she is losing her mind or that her home is haunted but that denial turns out to be a horrifying mistake.


R. Shanea Williams will be present for Q&A

Reluctantly Queer

dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu Experimental United States, 2016, 8 min.


A young Ghanaian man struggles to reconcile his love for his mother with his desire for same-sex relationships amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana.

Strolling (Jamaica)

dir. Cecile Emeke Short Documentary Jamaica, 2016, 11 min.



Strolling' is a short film series, highlighting and connecting stories of the black diaspora.

Timbre of the Hour

dir. Nina Fleck, LeRoy Kangalee Experimental United States, 2016, 12 min.


WORLD Premiere

A sensual poetic film couched in the mysterious feelings of loss, regret, and grief.