BlackStar 2020: Documentary Overview

The 9th BlackStar Film Festival

August 20-26 (online)

Focused on work by people of the African diaspora and other communities of color, this Philadelphia event presents just over 20 features in this online edition, the vast majority nonfiction.

Among the offerings:
Director: Ashley O’Shay
Two fierce abolitionist leaders offer a deep look into the movement for Black Lives, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.


Director: Michèle Stephenson
The grassroots campaign of electoral hopeful Rosa Iris reveals the depths of racial hatred and institutionalized oppression that divide Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Director: Zeshawn Ali
Hanif, a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, takes two young men under his wing to teach them how to live better lives.

Directors: John L Jackson Jr and Nora Gross
Southern-born, Black gay researcher and performer E Patrick Johnson comes to terms with his past.

Director: Cecilia Aldarondo
Shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico offer a cautionary tale for our times.

Director: Dario Guerrero
After a sudden cancer diagnosis, an undocumented mother of three must choose between seeking treatment in her native Mexico and awaiting certain death in the US.

Director: Shantrelle Patrice Lewis
An examination of the immediate and critical importance of self-care and healing for Black women through the lens of their mothers and the female generations before them.

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