After his cousin commits suicide, Stewart Cooper begins to unravel a web of shaming, lies, and secrets. Driven by his own emotional turmoil, he turns the tables on his cousin's ex and the man she had an affair with -- her church pastor.
In China, in the early 1990’s, a little boy and his family have just come to live in a large factory complex. As he explores his new surroundings, he comes across other boys his age playing ping-pong — and discovers that they are fascinated by a cute little girl who spends her days looking out from the window of an upstairs apartment. Wanting to know more about the girl, he comes up with his own unique way of starting a friendship with her.
Averill Hunter, a black bull rider living in rural California, is at the top of his game. Averill however, has a few secrets; he’s fallen out of love with the sport and is carrying on a love affair with his brother’s wife, Frankie. He’s living a lie in more way than one. His brother, once a great bullrider himself expects Averill to compete and win as the family has always done. When Averill loses his cross, a family heirloom he takes it as a sign, maybe now is the time for a change.
What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which itself is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade.
Determined, 9 year-old Taylor buys a fish in order to practice how to swim for her “Big Day.” Her mother, Janel, has different plans and forces her to go underwater earlier then what Taylor expected. Unprepared, Taylor attempts to stop her mother but is ultimately forced to dive deep into water, resulting in Taylor learning how to cope and survive.
Black Girl Church started off as a love letter to black girls, one of our safe spaces and the creativity that comes out of a place that is all our own. It turned into an intimate portrayal of some of the realities of black beauty and the dynamics of the black beauty industry, sharing a glimpse of what it’s really like for a black woman to exist in the world.
"In this pivotal short film, Bradford Young: Cinema Is The Weapon, Corine Dhondee explores the Oscar and Bafta nominated cinematographers works Mother Of George (2013), Selma (2014), Middle of Nowhere (2012), When They See Us (2019) and what meaning they have for him. Central is the outlining of Bradford Young’s location within a lineage of visual artists he always claims as inspirations as well as “echo chambers” who are actively formulating a new black aesthetics." liquidblackness
Alone in New York, Somali rideshare driver Abdi begins his nightshift with the news of a tragedy back home. The faces in the backseat change as he wrestles, unable to connect, with whether the unthinkable can be true—until a vision provides the clarity he seeks. Poetic and lyrical, BROOKLYN PARK is a modern-day immigrant tale that explores alienation, grief, and transcendence.
Phoebe Jackson is a 17-year-old poet, trapped in the streets of West Baltimore in 1997. With her potential oppressed by an unstructured family, Phoebe clings to the only age appropriate thing in her life: her childhood friend, Joseph. Their moments alone help her battle her reality. As tensions rise at home, Phoebe straddles the line between becoming a victim of her circumstances and building a future with Joseph.
Weeks after a devastating hurricane, a young woman, María, returns home to care for her suicidal father. While she waits for him to be discharged from the hospital, she becomes obsessed with cleaning up his home. Without water, light, or food, she struggles against an uncertainty that consumes her until she finally hears her father’s comforting voice. But when María runs to him, everything changes. Following the aftermath of Hurricane María, this short film seeks to shine a light on Puerto Rico’s mental health crisis, specifically the rise of suicide rates.
After her daughter is diagnosed with Autism and her husband is deployed to overseas military service, Saki is finding life harder and harder to manage. Too ashamed to burden others and too proud to ask for help, Saki is now faced with the daunting task of giving her daughter the best life possible. Much more than a story of coping with autism, “My Daughter Yoshiko” is also about the power of trading shame for empathy.
Touching on salient themes of gun violence, psychological trauma, and racial identity, OUTSIDE is a “nightmarish mirror reflecting our troubled times.” Fueled by powerful lyrics, provocative imagery, a meaningful message, and a hopeful ending, OUTSIDE will stir emotions and light a fire within. We must break the seemingly endless cycle of gun violence in our society. The power of music is one way to make this happen. Please join us in our campaign to promote and foster a positive and uplifting environment for today's urban youth. They are our future. Lead by example. Let's go.