The 7th BlackStar Film Festival
This Philadelphia-based event showcases films by black people from around the world. In addition to a robust shorts lineup, the festival presents 15 new features, nine documentaries among them.
THE BLACK MUSEUM
US premieres include Oliver Hardt’s THE BLACK MUSEUM
, about Washington DC’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; and Gessica Généus’ DOUVAN JOU KA LEVE
, a personal exploration of religion and mental illness in Haiti; while Kurt Orderson’s NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
, about gentrification in New York, São Paulo, and Cape Town, makes its East Coast premiere.
Remaining docs, making their local premieres, are: Sam Pollard and Melissa Haizlip’s MR SOUL!
, about the pioneer behind the African American public television cultural variety show SOUL!; Assia Boundaoui’s THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
, in which the filmmaker investigates the FBI surveillance of her Arab-American community; Khalik Allah’s BLACK MOTHER
, an essay offering a meditation on Jamaican identity, history, and spirituality; Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp’s LIYANA
, in which orphans in Swaziland collectively construct an adventure story; Keith McQuirter’s MILWAUKEE 53206
, a portrait of the community with the country’s highest rate of incarcerated African-American men; and Sifiso Khanyile’s UPRIZE!
, on South African student protests against Apartheid in the 1970s.