True Son follows 22-year old Stanford graduate Michael Tubbs’ campaign for a seat on Stockton, CA city council during a year of record homicides and impending bankruptcy. For Michael Tubbs, a Stockton native born to a teenage mother and incarcerated father, engaging with youth is crucial to solving Stockton’s problems. In a remarkable election campaign, Michael returned home and rallied hundreds of young Stockton residents between the ages of 14-21 to join his movement to Reinvent Stockton. Directed by Kevin Gordon, 2013, 72 min, United States, Documentary, English Buy tickets here
True Son Documentary Trailer | Michael Tubbs' City Council Campaign
White Lies NY Premiere 2:35pm at Thalia Cinema
Paraiti is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people – she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. She gets approached by Maraea, the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca, who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society. Directed by Dana Rotberg, 2014, New Zealand, Drama, Maori, English, English subt Buy tickets here
White Lies (2013) - Official Trailer
Material 4:30pm at Thalia Theatre SOUTH AFRICA: 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY
Cassim Kaif is a young Muslim man who works in his father, Ebrahim Kaif’s fabric shop. Ebrahim already has plans for Cassim to take over his shop while Cassim dreams of being a stand up comedian. When Ebrahim finds out about the stand up comedy, Cassim finds himself in direct conflict withhis father, his family and his community. His father demands that he make a choice… This sweet comedy-drama is entirely set in the Indian enclave of Forsdburg, Johannesburg, South Africa. Directed by Craig Freimond, 2012, 93 min, South Africa, drama, English Buy tickets here
Material - Trailer
Kajarya NY Premiere INDIAN CINEMA Q&A with director after the screening!
Rookie reporter Meera breezes into a small village in the depths of the state of Haryana. The villagers feed her the story of Kajarya, a demonic baby killer, who snatches and kills their babies. The story is juicy but very one sided. Kajarya and Meera’s circumstances are defined by the time and place of their birth, but the society they live in judges them for their actions. The film looks at the deep, societal hypocrisy that collectively supports something heinous and then pushes it under the carpet. Directed by Madhureeta Anand, 2014, 108 min, India, drama, Hindi with English subt. Buy tickets here
2014 Kajarya Trailer
Njinga, Queen of Angola US Premiere 9pm at Thalia Theatre In the 17th century, a warrior woman fights for the independence of Angola. After witnessing the murder of her son and watching her people being humiliated by Portuguese colonizers, Njinga will become a Queen and struggle for the liberation of her people embodying the motto: those who stay fight to win. This epic drama is based on the real life story of Queen Anna Njinga (c. 1583 –1663), also known as Ana de Sousa Njinga Mbande, queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola. Directed by Sergio Graciano, 2013, 109 min, Angola, Biography, Portuguese with English subt. Buy tickets here
Njinga - Rainha de Angola trailer english
The Wooden Camera 2pm at The Chapel, Teacher's College SOUTH AFRICA: 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY Two teenage boys, Madiba and Sipho living in the Cape Town Township, Kayelithsa, find a dead body as they are playing alongside the railroad tracks. With the body, they find a gun with one bullet and a video camera. Sipho takes the gun and Madiba takes the camera, which he puts inside a wooden toy to make the camera seem to be a not-working toy. These choices will drive the rest of their lives. Madiba films the world around him while sipho becomes a robber. Directed by Ntshavheni wa Luruli, 2003, 92 min, South Africa, drama, English.
Trailer The Wooden Camera
AFRICAN AMERICAN SHORTS: Reprogrammed NY Premiere In a last ditch effort to change her husband’s insensitive behavior, a wife resorts to using a top secret underground women’s research group to reprogram his mind. Directed by Daniel Jones, 8 minutes, 2013, USA, drama, English. Shown with Found Dead, The Conversation, Lost Angels & In Plain Sight. Buy tickets here
Found Dead US Premiere A young woman's compromise in hopes of making some extra money will lead her to a destination she could never have expected. Directed by Emeka Mbadiwe, 16 minutes, 2014, USA, drama, English. Shown with Reprogrammed, The Conversation, Lost Angels & In Plain Sight.
The Conversation US Premiere When a mother succumbs to particular fears of raising her child, she decides to have a conversation with her child to explain no longer wanting to be his mother. Directed by Chris Reese, 8 minutes, 2013, USA, drama, English. Shown with Reprogrammed, Found Dead, Lost Angels & In Plain Sight.
In Plain Sight NY Premiere On her way back home from High School, a 15 year-old girl is sexually assaulted by two men a few steps from school. A number of bystanders, including two teenage girls, two teenage boys and three young adult men all watch without helping. Directed by Iman Childs, 2014, United States, Drama, 6 min, English. Shown with Found Dead, The Conversation, Reprogrammed & Lost Angels. Buy tickets here
1912, Breaking the Silence: Part 1, 2 & 3 (1912: Voces para un Silencio) NY Premiere
Part 1: Chap 1 & 2: Sat, Nov. 29 @ 6PM – The Chapel – BUY TICKETS
Part 2: Chap 3 + Q&A: Sat, Nov 29 @ 8PM – The Chapel – BUY TICKETS
1912, Breaking the Silence is a project dedicated to the history of the Party of the Independents of Color (PIC), a political party established in Cuba in 1908 to represents the interest of Afro-Cubans.
This three parts documentary seeks to cover some antecedents in the history of Afro-Cubans’ struggle for self-determination, a necessary recapitulation which goes step by step down the path of resistance taken by the Black movement in Cuba since colonial times, the struggle for independence and the situation of Black Cubans once the island of Cuba achieved its independence in 1902. References are made to significant, Black leaders in Cuba from the nineteenth century, such as Juan Gualberto Gomez and Martin Morua Delgado, Antonio Maceo and Quintin Banderas.
Through the voices, opinions, and commentaries of historians and Cuban cultural icons accompanied by images of documents, photos, and clippings from the press of that era, two main issues are explored : 1) what did the Afro-Cubans do before the founding of the PIC? 2) Was the creation of a political party to represents Afro-Cubans necessary?
Directed by Gloria V. Rolando Casamayor,45, 58, 56 minutes, Cuba, documentary, Spanish with English subt.
Danny Glover and Lela Rochon (Brooklyn Finest, Waiting to Exhale, Boomerang) star in Supremacy, a racially charged psychological thriller.
Supremacyfollows a high-ranking white supremacist (Joe Anderson) who murders a cop and hides out with his accomplice by taking a black family hostage. Glover plays the patriarch of the house, an ex-con who must rely on his wits and understanding of the supremacist’s racist mind to keep his family safe.
Supremacy, which made its world premiere in June 2014 at the LA Film Festival, also stars Dawn Olivieri, Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Robin Bobeau, and Anson Mount.
"Based on real events, Supremacy is a shocking, complex, real-life horror story." (Deadline.com) (USA, 2014, 97 min, Deon Taylor, dir., Drama)
LA Film Festival (2014) - Supremacy Trailer - Anson Mount, Danny Glover HD
Professor in the Department of African American Studies
at Temple University, founder of the PhD program in
African-American Studies, and President of
the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies.
After 7 years, college friends reunite at an up-market game lodge in South Africa. Long buried secrets shared by old friends are eventually exposed, causing tensions to arise in current relationships. A stylish, funny tale of the new South Africa. Stars Thapelo Mokoena, Lihle Dhlomo, Mandisa Nduna, Dunisani Mbebe, Amanda Du Pont, Siyabonga Twala and Morne Du toit. Directed by Zuko Nodada, 2014, 93 min, South Africa, Romantic comedy, English, Zulu with English subt. Q&A after the screening.
African vs African Americans is a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The film opens with personal testimonials that expose this rift then walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement, laying bare their effects and how these have divided and bound Africans and African Americans. Directed by Peres Owino, 2014, 90 min., United States, documentary, English.
Conversation with director Peres Owino & Catered Reception
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Purchase RETURN TO GOREE on DVD for $5 only. Please note: 10% of the film is in French without English subtitles. DVD includes film Return to Goree, Youssou N'Dour Concert on Goree Island and two documentaries about Sotigui Kouyate.