November 2020

INSTANT ANCESTRY: 

Home & History Through The Black Archive

in partnership with Maysles Documentary Center

Drawing on a wide range of archival material, these filmmakers attempt to cohere questions of Black identity that have been obscured, suppressed, or erased by white supremacy and other dominative forces. 

Revealing a tension between what’s been captured and, more tellingly, what’s been excluded, these films move seamlessly between personal and political—between family albums, home movies, text correspondences, official documents, news clips, historical footage, and advertisements; they render the archive as a site of both presence and absence.

watch INSTANT ANCESTRY 
Nov. 13th through Nov. 26th
featuring


“Meditation on Migration” by Vonnie Quest


“Movie Tote” by Ephraim Asili


 

“All That You Can’t Leave Behind” by Ufuoma Essi 


“I’ll Finish When I Can” by Cat Jones


“King of Sanwi” by Akosua Adoma Owusu


“Halimuhfack” by Christopher Harris


“Dancing In the Absence of Pain” by Terence Price II


And RSVP to join us for the November 17th Q&A with select filmmakers


See full program description HERE
 

EXTRA SPECIAL:  Don’t miss our special one-night only opening night presentation of The Otolith Group’s In The Year Of The Quiet Sun on Friday, November 13th at 7pm - tix available HERE 

August 2020

BACK TO NATURAL

directed by Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD

The shocking truth about the intersection of hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities is revealed in this documentary, inspired by New York City-based clinical psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward’s clinical practice work and her drive to go natural. This call for healing also serves as an exploration of the globalized policing of natural Black hair while equally celebrating Black history and how natural Black hairstyles are taking the world by storm.

August 27th Q&A: Gillian Scott-Ward, Okema T. Moore, Prof. Wendy Greene, Adjoa B. Asamoah
moderated by Charlon Turner

Q&A interview via Facebook

August 31st Q&A: Gillian Scott-Ward, Candice Straughter, Curtis Caesar John
moderated by Meleisha Edwards

hosted by The Belcourt Theatre and Nashville Scene's Living Room Film Club
 


 

July 2020

MILES IN THE LIFE - The Story of a BMF Drug Trafficker

directed by Shaun Mathis

Jabari Hayes used the cover of an Atlanta limousine driver to traffic large quantities of cocaine across the country for the then largest African American drug organization in America (1999-2007) known as Black Mafia Family (BMF).  This is that story, and the story of Jabari’s redemption.  

Narrated by award-winning actor Clifton Powell ("Ray", "Friday After Next", CW's "Black Lightning"

July 30th Q&A: Jabari Hayes & Shaun Mathis in conversation with Victor Dempsey
Q&A interview via Facebook

August 5th Q&A: BLK Docs founders Christopher Everett & Curtis Caesar John, moderated by Dennis Leroy Kangalee
Q&A interview via Facebook


 

 

June 2020

WILMINGTON ON FIRE

directed by Christopher Everett

In 1898 in Wilmington, NC, an armed mob of Democrat-backed white supremacists opened fire on thriving middle-class African-American neighborhoods, slaughtering hundreds and exiling thousands out of the city for good.  Now, using rare photographs, original research, and testimonies from the descendants of the victims, the truth is finally revealed on how the Wilmington Massacre became the springboard for white supremacy and Jim Crow throughout the United States, and how the devastation still affects Black American life to this day.

June 25th Q&A : Christopher Everett in conversation with actress/producer Erika Alexander
Q&A interview via Facebook

June 30th Q&A: author/scholar Larry Reni Thomas in conversation
with Camille Kauer, host/producer of The E-Spot

video begins at 22:00 min mark

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