2021 American Black Film Festival Movie Guide

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1. King Richard (2021)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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71 Metascore

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green | Stars: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney

Votes: 12,300

Opening Night Film

2. A Message from Brianna (2021)

80 min | Horror

8.2
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When a African-American couple move into their new home, their 2 year-old daughter becomes a terrifying messenger from the other side,

Director: DeShon Hardy | Stars: Asia'h Epperson, Vernon Davis, Rita Bacot, Kevin Benton

Votes: 8

Category: Narrative Features

3. B-Boy Blues (2021)

103 min | Drama

6.4
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Class and culture clash when a college educated journalist from Brooklyn and a homeboy-bike messenger from Harlem fall in love.

Director: Jussie Smollett | Stars: Timothy Richardson, Thomas Mackie, Landon G. Woodson, Brandee Evans

Votes: 49

Category: Narrative Features

4. Bitter Sugar (2021)

119 min | Drama

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Bitter Sugar follows two dancers balancing ambition, and friendship in the extremely competitive world of dance.

Director: Malik Isasis | Stars: Taher Ben Ali, Kenneth Browning, Tristão Darius, Solène Moreau

Category: Narrative Features

5. Dr. Gama (2021)

92 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.6
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'Doutor Gama' is based on the life of Luiz Gama, one of the most important characters in Brazilian history. A black man who used the law and the courts to free over 500 slaves. Born a free ... See full summary »

Director: Jeferson De | Stars: César Mello, Pedro Guilherme, Angelo Fernandes, João Carlos Andreazza

Votes: 136

Category: Narrative Features

6. I'm Fine (Thanks for Asking) (2021)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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72 Metascore

When a recently widowed mother becomes houseless, she convinces her 8-year-old daughter that they are only camping for fun while working to get them off of the streets.

Directors: Kelley Kali, Angelique Molina | Stars: Wesley Moss, Kelley Kali, Dominique Molina, Lucas Byrd

Votes: 176

Category: Narrative Features

7. Liam White: The Forgettable Life of Liam White (2021)

TV-14 | 87 min | Drama

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An author fights for his life while reconciling his past.

Director: Harold Jackson III | Stars: Jasmine Guy, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, Karon Riley, Brave Williams

Category: Narrative Features

8. Margarine (2021)

115 min | Drama

A short-tempered trigger happy gun fiend terrorizes his community until he meets a charming girl named Margarine who drives him to question his ways.

Director: Thabo Khambule | Stars: Finito Bullet, Thembeni Joni, Sibusiso Makqate, Mammy Manique

Category: Narrative Features

9. Maya and Her Lover (2021)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The mundane life of a 39 year old introvert is disrupted when she begins a steamy but contentious affair with a much younger Man.

Director: Nicole Sylvester | Stars: Ashanti J'Aria, Shomari Love, Al Thompson, Faiven Feshazion

Category: Narrative Features

10. No Running (2021)

85 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.0
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A Black high school student finds himself under suspicion after his classmate's mysterious disappearance.

Director: Delmar Washington | Stars: Taryn Manning, Shane West, Rutina Wesley, Cooper van Grootel

Votes: 6

Category: Narrative Features

11. Raise Your Hand (2021)

94 min | Drama

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Gia and her best friend, Lila, try to survive a rough childhood in a neighborhood where every kid has a sad story to tell. As teenagers, their problems become more complicated, and the stakes get raised.

Director: Jessica Rae | Stars: Jearnest Corchado, Hanani Taylor, Evan Allen-Gessesse, Gracie Marie Bradley

Category: Narrative Features

12. Ten-Cent Daisy (2021)

90 min | Drama

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Three sisters from a fishing village in the West Indies take refuge in Berkeley, California, following a traumatic event that threatened to reveal a centuries-old family secret.

Director: Lisbon Okafor | Stars: Jamal Ademola, Dionne Audain, Siranne Garness, David Germaine

Category: Narrative Features

13. Trees of Peace (2021)

97 min | Drama

9.0
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In April of 1994, four women from different backgrounds and beliefs are trapped and hiding during the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Their fight for survival against all odds unites the women in an unbreakable sisterhood.

Director: Alanna Brown | Stars: Eliane Umuhire, Charmaine Bingwa, Ella Cannon, Bunmi

Votes: 44

Category: Narrative Features

14. Voodoo Macbeth (2021)

108 min | Drama

7.9
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In 1936 Harlem, the first all-Black cast production of 'Macbeth' struggles to make it to opening night amid the downward spiral of their young and untested director - Orson Welles.

Directors: Dagmawi Abebe, Victor Alonso-Berbel, Roy Arwas, Hannah Bang, Christopher Beaton, Agazi Desta, Tiffany K. Guillen, Zoe Salnave, Ernesto Sandoval, Sabina Vajraca | Stars: Inger Tudor, Jewell Wilson Bridges, June Schreiner, Jeremy Tardy

Votes: 12

Category: Narrative Features

15. 100 Years from Mississippi (2021)

60 min | Documentary

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Mamie Lang Kirkland was seven years old when she fled Ellisville, Mississippi in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend, John Hartfield, escaped an approaching lynch... See full summary »

Director: Tarabu Betserai Kirkland | Star: Robb Derringer

Category: Documentary Features

16. Anatomy of Wings (2020)

84 min | Documentary

8.1
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What is only supposed to last 10-weeks turns into a 10+ year journey for 10 Baltimore City Girls who frame how their cinematic story is shared with the world.

Directors: Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander, Nikiea Redmond | Stars: Brittany Backmon, Brienna Brown, Sheila Butler, Quanisha Carmichael

Votes: 15

Category: Documentary Features

17. Big Chief, Black Hawk (2021)

75 min | Documentary

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An exploration into effects of gentrification, COVID -19, and other issues The Culture faces in New Orleans, through the eyes of the youngest Black Masking Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in the city.

Director: Jonathan Isaac Jackson | Stars: Joseph Boudreaux Jr., Charity Clay, Jeffery Darensbourg, Dow Edwards

Category: Documentary Features

18. Little Satchmo (2021)

60 min | Documentary

7.6
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The secret daughter of Louis Armstrong.

Director: John Alexander | Star: Sharon Preston-Folta

Votes: 5

Category: Documentary Features

19. The Neutral Ground (2021)

82 min | Documentary

8.4
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In December 2015, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four Confederate monuments from public grounds. A forceful group of critics protested the decision, and fearing retaliation, no crew would agree to remove the statues.

Director: CJ Hunt | Stars: Dave Davis, CJ Hunt

Votes: 80

Category: Documentary Features

20. Subjects of Desire (2021)

103 min | Documentary

8.5
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Subjects of Desire is a culturally significant, thought-provoking documentary that ultimately deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind the beauty.

Director: Jennifer Holness | Stars: India Arie, Jully Black, Rachel Dolezal, Alexandra Germain

Votes: 26

Category: Documentary Features

21. UNZIPPED: An Autopsy of American Inequality (2021)

108 min | Documentary

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Feature doc about the growing affordable housing crisis in America. Filmmakers follow families in iconic Venice CA 90291 while investigating plans for a controversial new homeless shelter.

Director: Colin K. Gray | Stars: William Attaway, Sunny Bak, M.B. Boissonault, Councilmember Mike Bonin

Category: Documentary Features

22. Why Is We Americans? (2020)

101 min | Documentary

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The story focuses on Newark's Baraka family and its involvement in social activism, poetry, music, art and politics.

Directors: Udi Aloni, Ayana Stafford-Morris | Stars: Jabbar Ali, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka Jr., Amandla Baraka

Category: Documentary Features

23. Art Broken (2021– )

5 min | Drama

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Mockumentary follows Los Angeles-based visual artist Sabina on her journey of self-destruction during the global pandemic.

Stars: Niles Abston, Bianca Cristovao, Jessica Mulder, Heremela Kebede

Category: Web Series

24. Bald (2021– )

8 min | Comedy

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In a world of smoke and mirrors where appearance is everything, a struggling actor in his late 20's tries to hold on to his last redeeming quality - his hair.

Stars: John-Jonne Smith, Brendon Hudson, Javon Carey, DomiNque Perry

Category: Web Series

25. Click Next to Continue (2021 TV Short)

7 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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Dr. Royce Shakir finds himself trapped in a game of revenge after being kidnapped via teleportation by a former colleague and lover.

Director: Abdul Stone Jackson | Stars: Jasmine Acosta, Jaleesa Capri, Catherine Corcoran, Lidiane Fernandes

Category: Web Series

26. Fade (II) (2021)

10 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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When Myles inherits a watch that gives him the power to teleport, he begins to discover the mystery behind his father's untimely death.

Director: LaVarro Jones | Stars: Sabrina Athena, Rohan Davis Jr., Christine Davis, Krystal Farris

Category: Web Series

27. Indemnity (2021– )

10 min | Drama, Mystery

7.3
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Austin Ellis, off-grid tech wiz and self proclaimed 'reality-theorist', must race to find his AWOL parents before vaccine mogul, Delilah Green forces their return, using nothing but his memories from childhood and stolen Indemnity Points.

Stars: Candice Coke, Tyler Parks, Jacqueline Nwankwo, Zoe Yeoman

Votes: 12

Category: Web Series

28. Kontaxt (2021– )

9 min | Thriller, Short

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Danny wakes up in the desert with no memory of how got there and quickly finds himself in the middle of an interdimensional conspiracy theory.

Stars: Christa B. Allen, Tone Bell, Simmi Singh, Mateo Montez

Category: Web Series

29. Last Bodega in Brooklyn (2021– )

6 min | Comedy

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A Brooklyn family must band together to save their bodega and neighborhood from a new organics store owner.

Stars: Mitch Lerner, Tay Harris, Peter Bowden, Toni Lachelle Pollitt

Category: Web Series

30. Looking for Me (2021– )

7 min | Comedy

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The misadventures of a life coach who's hit rock bottom.

Stars: Dayna Dooley, Kristina Bustamante

Category: Web Series

31. Maternally Yours (2021– )

10 min | Comedy, Drama

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Maternally Yours, is a whirlwind journey of excavating to create a thrilling coming of age story that will create dialogue around the interesting complexities of mother/daughter relationships, personal identity, and generational trauma.

Stars: Brionne Collins, Jessica Johnson, Lance E. Nichols, Nicoye Banks

Category: Web Series

32. Ms/Manage (2021– )

13 min | Comedy, Drama

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MS/MANAGE is a new digital series about navigating the corporate landscape as a woman of color. On the surface Skye has it all, a successful career at one of the hottest retail brands and a... See full summary »

Stars: Adwoa Duncan Williams, Zen Dot, Siobhán Carroll, Kelsey Senteio

Category: Web Series

33. No Church in the Wild: Act 1 (2020– )
Episode: Traitor (2020)

6 min | Documentary

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A failed escape attempt turns Leslie Wagner-Wilson into an outcast inside of a spiraling cult.

Director: Richmond Obeng | Star: Leslie Wagner-Wilson

Category: Web Series

34. Owners (2021– )

14 min | Short

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A black man tired of being a minority in the office decides to create his own company, but a positive thought creates a whirlwind of negatives.

Stars: Ohene Cornelius, Allison Blackman, Asadi Rountree, Nathan Harding

Category: Web Series

35. Perfect (2020– )

10 min | Drama

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A love-struck son and his post-divorce father try to find the perfect relationship - through all its imperfections.

Stars: Michael J. Patterson, Alex Michell, Tiffany Yancey, Chinna Palmer

Category: Web Series

36. QuaranDream! (2021– )

3 min | Comedy

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Jerri Cooper moves from Atlanta to the Big Apple to make her QuaranDreams a comedy reality.

Stars: Shem Pennant, Aaron LaRoche, Desola Jegede, Maddie Smith

Category: Web Series

37. Second Hand (2021– )

5 min | Drama

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Two sisters bump heads while moving out of their childhood home.

Stars: Melan Perez, Alexis J. Smith, Tennyson Harris

Category: Web Series

38. Sidetracked (2021– )
Episode: A Trollop? (II) (2021)

15 min | Comedy

Leigh struggles to flirt her way to the top. Does she dare to dip her toes into dangerous waters with Donovan, while her loving husband is in the next room at the party? Can she keep the ... See full summary »

Director: Miles Crawford | Stars: E.D. Brown, Jee Young Han, Jim Holdridge, Jason E. Kelley

39. Talia Versus (2020– )
Episode: Talia Versus Wedding (2020)

Short

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Talia with her wingman Bo by her side, attempts to secure the affections of a hot guy at her friend's party.

Director: Saraphina Mattis | Stars: Elliot Elimasi, Leonie Haynes-Moses, Nobuse Jnr, Roxi Lee

Category: Web Series

40. The Electrics (2021– )

10 min | Short

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A young, Black woman, struggling to find love in a predominantly White city, has her world turned upside down when she gains the ability to hear other Black people's thoughts.

Stars: Xavier Alvarado, Monique Barsh, Jacqui Calloway, Jasmine Garlic

Category: Web Series

41. The Hero of a Thousand Faces (2021)

10 min | Documentary

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Capt. Barrington Irving, Guiness Book of World Record holder for the youngest man to fly around the world and the first Black man to fly around the world, speaks about his upbringing and the adversity that made him successful.

Directors: Gabriel Andrews, Fabian Cardenas | Star: Barrington Irving

Category: Web Series

42. The Investment (2021– )

11 min | Short

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A fast-paced procedural webseries about investing in what matters most.

Stars: Kim Estes, Lauren Wilkins, Rachel McCubbin, Alicia Brayboy

Category: Web Series

43. The Secret Life of Muni Long (2021– )
Episode: Episode One (2021)

3 min | Animation, Short

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Superhuman Muni Long has stayed out of the public eye for a long time, secretly helping the underdog with aid from her three mutant helpers, until one day her secret is exposed.

Director: Tusk | Stars: Adam Faison, Muni Long, O'Shay Neal, Franchesca Ramsey

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44. Therapy (2021– )

15 min | Drama

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A therapist helps clients through different trauma, but is unaware how a mysterious client's trauma will soon affect his own life.

Stars: Gregg DaCosta, Giovanni Marine, Alaja Greene, Brendon Allen

Category: Web Series

45. True Story (2021– )
Episode: I Feel (IV)

13 min | Short, Drama

A Black therapist attempts to persuade his patient, who has a history of violence, into saying how he feels.

Director: Matthew Law | Stars: Lashaun Clay, Matthew Law

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46. Walking Forward (2020– )

6 min | Documentary

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Creative entrepreneur Ndinomholo meets some of Namibia's most incredible human beings who share what they do to not only walk through a global pandemic, but to walk forward into an unknown and thrilling future.

Stars: Ndinomholo Ndilula, Nikhita Winkler, Beverly Kulan Ganes, Eva-Maria Manchen

Category: Web Series

47. Witchsters (2021– )

5 min | Short

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Sister witches Michelle and Maya search for love in LA.

Stars: Sasha Compère, Jemina Lauriston, Jerah Milligan

Category: Web Series

48. Everyday Black Matter (2021)

22 min | Drama

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Black joy as practice, motivating audiences to lean into dreams of Black cultural production rooted in pleasure, self-love, and nuanced identities that defy containment.

Directors: Chaz Barracks, Nicolas Taylor | Stars: Chaz Barracks, Kalyn Coghill, Mckayla Graham, Aurora Higgs

Category: ABFF Pride

49. Homegoing (I) (2021)

14 min | Short, Drama

6.5
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Working as a mortician at his father's funeral parlor, Junior cycles through an unsatisfying life routine. A night out with friends forces him to see the world as it truly is.

Director: Carlton Daniel | Stars: Derrick Benton, Chazz Giovanni Bruce, Ayyhaunnah de la Renta, Karin Franklin-King

Votes: 28

Category: ABFF Pride

50. Into the Light: A Trip Through Baltimore Ballroom (2021)

25 min | Short

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LGBTQ Baltimore Ballroom dancers as they prepare to compete at the ground breaking and inaugural, Peabody Ball, while facing real life obstacles and dangers.

Directors: Jason Gray, Kathryn Martin | Stars: Marquis Clanton, Keith Holt

Category: ABFF Pride

51. Love Therapy (2021)

14 min | Short, Drama

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A young, Black, gay millennial is at the intersection of a major crossroads in life and only by reaching his breaking point does he find the many facets of therapy love can provide.

Director: Lauren E. Banks | Stars: Becca Q. Co, Delius Doherty, Alexander Etseyatse, Jeffrey Glenn

Category: ABFF Pride

52. parTy boi, black diamonds in ice castles (2021)

58 min | Documentary

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A raw and compassionate journey through the epidemic of crystal meth addiction in LGBTQ communities of color.

Director: Micheal Rice | Star: Micheal Rice

Category: ABFF Pride

53. Peace (III) (2021)

11 min | Short

8.0
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A love story that dives into the complexities of a down-low queer relationship and questions what it really means to be at peace.

Director: Adomako Aman | Stars: Adomako Aman, Marlon Fisher, Sofija Maria Kulikauskas, Amanda Penalo

Votes: 187

Category: ABFF Pride

54. Pink & Blue (2021)

13 min | Short, Drama

8.1
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After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a Trans couple of color wrestles with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise their child in a binary world.

Director: Carmen LoBue | Stars: Aury Krebs, Jojo Brown, Kaydx, Darius Basco

Votes: 73

Category: ABFF Pride

55. The Black Cop (2021)

24 min | Short

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Docu-drama exploring one former police officer's experience of being both victim and perpetrator of racism in the police force.

Director: Cherish Oteka

Category: ABFF Pride

56. A Revolution of Love (2020)

5 min | Short

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A young back woman explores her past and present through dance.

Directors: Lucius Dechausay, Weyni Mengesha | Stars: Lisa Auguste, Zahra Badua, Kenechi Chidolue, Sharlan Cuffy

Category: World Showcase

57. Coffee (III) (2019)

10 min | Short

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After a crushing breakup, a heartbroken woman is taught a life changing lesson that she will never forget.

Director: Jordan Pitt | Stars: Nii Odartei Evans, Adele James, Blanche Williams

Category: World Showcase

58. Digging for Life (2021)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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A young Cameroonian attempts to pursue the dream of a better life in post-apartheid South Africa, he instead finds himself trapped as a slave in Angola.

Director: João Queiroga | Stars: Tome Assoue, Tommy Germain, Stanley Glover

Category: World Showcase

59. The Door of Return (2021)

30 min | Short

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A Call and Response between 2020 and 2440, told through the perspective of eight black women, that are connected through the tireless and endless fight against racism.

Directors: Kokutekeleza Musebeni, Anna Zhukovets | Stars: Alice Hasters, Natasha A. Kelly, Michele Leyangha, Nancy Mensah-Offei

Category: World Showcase

60. Fuego (2020)

15 min | Short, Drama

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Lonely, isolated and disconnected from his roots, Manolo is a Black Cuban man who has reached a low point in his life. While his boss denigrates him constantly by giving him the worst ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Blanco Hall, Davide Chiazzese, Abena Bentley, Daniel Loyer

Category: World Showcase

61. Junior (IV) (2021)

11 min | Short

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As a gifted teenager Jérôme "Junior" Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group "Racine Mapou de Azor" and spent 20 years touring the world. When the lead singer of his band dies... See full summary »

Director: A.J. Wilhelm | Stars: Laurent Ansito, Jean Paul Saint Fleur, Ajayi Jackson, Jérome Siméon

Category: World Showcase

62. Not Just a Name (2021)

23 min | Documentary, Short

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Not Just a Name explores and highlights the trials and tribulations of African-Americans with cultural and unique sounding names. It follows the stories of Shiquita Williams, Fulani Bahati,... See full summary »

Director: Deonna Young | Stars: Fulani Bahati, Mocha, Naauh'Mocquaii Robinson-Jones, Shiquita Williams

Category: World Showcase

63. Passage (VI) (2021)

17 min | Short, Drama

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In 1600, a West African village leader faces a new challenge that endangers his family and village.

Director: David Massey | Stars: Noel Arthur, Robert Okumu, Jay Amor, Tim Aristil

Category: World Showcase

64. Upheaval (2021)

27 min | Short, Musical

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It's essential to generate life, dialogue, understanding, and celebrate humanity. In times of widespread pandemic, raising questions about the preservation of democracy, the integrity of ... See full summary »

Director: Welket Bungué | Stars: Welket Bungué, Alesa Herero, Lafayette, Joacine Katar Moreira

Category: World Showcase

65. Cracked (III) (2021)

15 min | Short, Drama

9.8
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It's the end of the summer of 1985 in Queens, New York City. Toya, a feisty young girl, falls in love for the first time. After a series of disturbing events, Toya's affection for Poochy compels her to face her traumatic past.

Director: Lin Que Ayoung | Stars: Tatum Marilyn Hall, Meliki Hurd, Kizzmett Pringle, Dwayne R Grant

Votes: 12

Category: HBO Short Film Competition

66. Mass Ave (2021)

21 min | Short, Drama

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Over a day of landscaping work, a first generation African American and his immigrant father have their tense relationship and different outlooks on life transformed irreversibly when they are racially profiled by police.

Director: Omar Kamara | Stars: Benjamin A. Onyango, Omete Anassi

Category: HBO Short Film Competition

67. Pure (I) (2021)

12 min | Short, Drama

7.1
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On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

Director: Natalie Jasmine Harris | Stars: Mikayla Lashae Bartholomew, Jacob Daniel Smith, Josca Moore, Aaron Casey

Votes: 44

Category: HBO Short Film Competition

68. The Snakes (2021)

14 min | Short

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Set in an alternate future where Roe v. Wade has been overturned, a depressed Black woman, deals with the culture of fear by channeling her rage into violent fantasies.

Director: Michelle Beck | Stars: Carra Patterson, James Wallert, Jacob Ming-Trent, Stacey Sargeant

Category: HBO Short Film Competition

69. When the Sun Sets (2021)

14 min | Short, Drama

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A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school.

Director: Phumi Morare | Stars: Zikhona Bali, Aphiwe Mkefe, Thembekile Mathe, Awonke Mtonjana

Category: HBO Short Film Competition

70. A Little Closure (2021)

12 min | Short, Comedy

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After dying from a shrimp allergy, Keith returns as a ghost seeking help from his best friend, Woody, to give his fiance closure before moving on.

Director: Xavier Burgin | Stars: Woody McClain, Keith Powers, Nesta Cooper, Deloor James

Category: New Voices

71. Artistic (2021)

14 min | Short

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Billie Thomas is a lonely teenage artist with down syndrome. Longing for a friend she finds one in an unlikely person.

Director: Nina Lee | Stars: Kylen Davis, Taylor Freeman, Nina Lee, Marshawn Lynch

Category: New Voices

72. Boy (III) (2021)

14 min | Short, Drama

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Following a recent loss, BOY struggles to adapt to his new family. After running away, BOY is met by a man who takes him under his wing. BOY is reacquainted with a life he once knew as he sets off on a journey to both forget and remember.

Director: Antony Acheampong | Stars: Yule Masiteng, Sihle Mnqwazana, Sifanele Sityi

Category: New Voices

73. Cherry Lemonade (2020)

11 min | Short, Drama

7.8
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On a hot summer day in a lower-income neighborhood, a black girl learns to take the lead on her own terms.

Director: Aisha Ford | Stars: Eris Baker, Skylan Brooks, Wahayn Inello Clayton, Kericho Corry

Votes: 13

Category: New Voices

74. Descended from the Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street (2021)

23 min | Documentary, Short

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Through the lens of those descended from the "Black Promised Land" we draw a century-long thread, revealing the lingering trauma endured when a thriving Black community is repeatedly targeted for systematic destruction.

Director: Nailah Jefferson | Stars: Jacqueline Blocker, Michelle Blocker, Byron Crenshaw

Category: New Voices

75. Family Time (2021)

13 min | Short, Drama

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A career woman with a family wonders what she must give up to have it all.

Director: Zoe Stewart | Stars: Bonnie Mbuli, Sobantu Nqayi, Shadha Kae-Kazim, Jezriel Skei

Category: New Voices

76. gales. (2021)

17 min | Short

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Nurse Indigo needs shift coverage to attend a steamy weekend. How far will she go to achieve the much needed work-life balance?

Directors: Ingred Prince, Tshay | Stars: Saran Bakari, Patrick Bean, Hasheem Brin, Shanel James

Category: New Voices

77. Heartland (2021)

11 min | Short

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A woman attempts to immortalize her dying grandfather using virtual reality technology, but her obsession drives a wedge between them.

Director: Jahmil Eady | Stars: Maxine Goynes, Haskell V. Anderson III, Mia-Carina Mollicone

Category: New Voices

78. Hollow (II) (2021)

12 min | Short, Drama

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As a couple prepares to move out of their home and part ways, an unexpected occurrence forces them to confront the loss of their son and the grief that they feel, in dramatically different ways.

Director: Diante Singley | Stars: Quanita Adams, Brendon Daniels

Category: New Voices

79. Inheritance (IV) (2021)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

6.6
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On Norra's 25th birthday, she and her brother inherit the deed to their family's small cabin. With this auspicious birthday, she starts seeing the spirits that have been haunting her brother and father for years.

Director: Annalise Lockhart | Stars: Ron Brice, DeLeon Dallas, Mary Glen Fredrick, Kathryn G. Howell

Votes: 5

Category: New Voices

80. Its Snowing in the Summer (2021)

10 min | Short, Comedy

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A thirtieth birthday forces two Harlem friends to wrestle with differing realities of the Black experience

Directors: Anthony Gaskins, Gladimir Gelin, Ra A. Hearne | Stars: Nick Creegan, Anthony Gaskins, Abiodun Oyewole, Steven Good

Category: New Voices

81. Last Summer on Bainbridge Street (2021)

11 min | Short

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Tyshawn, an Afro-Caribbean pre-teen living in Bed-Stuy, has to confront change in his neighborhood after his father is arrested.

Director: Jessica Q Moore | Stars: Felix Alexis, Carl Ellis Grant, Sylvain Panet-Raymond, Patricia Reed

Category: New Voices

82. Luv U Cuz (2021)

15 min | Animation, Short

8.4
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Two cousins bond over the course of a night on the town, until their relationship is tested in more ways than one.

Director: Eric Pumphrey | Stars: Donzell Lewis, Eric Pumphrey, Rosalyn Sidewater, Lynsey Bartilson

Votes: 85

Category: New Voices

83. Mum, Me (2021)

11 min | Short

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Mother and daughter form an everlasting bond through a daily hair routine.

Director: Monique Needham | Stars: Adi Alfa, Ellisha Blake, Busayo Ige, Destynee Udenze-Conteh

Category: New Voices

84. Patriot Day (2020)

14 min | Short, Drama

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11 year old Jamila Abdi waits for her mother to come from the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 so that they can celebrate her birthday.

Director: Nailah Robinson | Stars: Kaylin Ali, Erin Bowman, Mariah Fontaine, Zsa Zsa Hopkins

Category: New Voices

85. Pickney (2021)

16 min | Short, Drama

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A mixed race teenager learns that his identity is more than just skin deep.

Director: Michael Jenkins | Stars: Laura Bayston, Vincenzo Pellegrino, Nadia Williams, Ajani Cabey

Category: New Voices

86. Piece (2021)

13 min | Short, Drama

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Two cousins must recover a hidden gun at a local diner with patrons.

Director: Frantzy Moreau | Stars: Isaac Beverly, Frantzy Moreau, Jerry Madison Jr., Emmett Hunter

Category: New Voices

87. Postmate (2021)

7 min | Short, Comedy

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A young, bored housewife tries to find companionship on a food delivery app to the utter dismay of her loving yet aloof husband.

Director: Grasie Mercedes | Stars: Ashley Porter, Lashaun Clay, Kenton Chen

Category: New Voices

88. Reasons (2021)

22 min | Short, Drama

10.0
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When a young single mother, Mercy, is forced to abandon her idea of a "proper life," she struggles to escape the social norms and overcome her own internal battles. In a time and place ... See full summary »

Director: Yvette Pabon | Stars: Laney Allan, Kisha Barr, Ameerah Briggs, Aliyah Isis

Votes: 7

Category: New Voices

89. Risk Factor (2021)

24 min | Short

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The birthing experiences of three Black women tell the story of the devastating impact racism has had on the on-going Black infant mortality crisis in the United States.

Director: Barento Taha | Stars: Christin Farmer, Arthur James, Yolanda Lucas, Cheryl Martin

Category: New Voices

90. Sania (2021)

20 min | Short, Romance

10.0
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A single mother of 4 struggles to maintain the household amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Director: Robert Boyd | Stars: Karimah Cannon, Kylie Cannon, Tori Cannon, Paul Christopher Duncan

Votes: 5

Category: New Voices

91. Tati the Great (2021)

16 min | Short

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Atatiana Jefferson was murdered by a Fort Worth Police officer while playing video games in her home with her nephew.

Director: Kelly Gray Bobino | Stars: Opal Lee, James Smith

Category: New Voices

92. Reflections of Us (2021)

18 min | Short, Drama

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The toxic lifestyle of a group of friends the summer after their senior year of high school.

Directors: Chad Quinn, The Shenanigans | Stars: Mason Guccione, Steven Moses, Phoenix Jakob, Kaash Paige

Category: New Voices

93. The Big Shave 2.0 (2021)

7 min | Short

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In the process of shaving, a young man reflects on how he is viewed by society.

Directors: Kobina DeGraft Johnson, Chad Quinn | Stars: Bismark Ansah, Mc Jay

94. The Last Days (2021)

13 min | Short

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In a near-future world where you can discover your Death Day, an apolitical woman learns that she and many Black people have been given incorrect dates and seeks justice before her time runs out - that same day.

Director: Dipo Baruwa-Etti | Stars: Adjoa Andoh, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn

Category: New Voices

95. The Little Death (2020)

18 min | Short, Drama

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A doting young married couple riding the emotional wave of infertility and miscarriage.

Director: Justin Harrison | Stars: K.J. Baker, Verna Aldridge Brown, Monique Coleman, Judi Stiner Gray

Category: New Voices

96. The Untold Story of Mild Sauce (2021)

13 min | Short, Comedy

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From shady record execs, rival groups and bitter infighting, follow the meteoric rise of a 90's R&B group told through a music exposé.

Director: Anton Deshawn | Stars: Michael Adkins, Taylor Coleman, Jalen Gilbert, Vincent Jordan

Category: New Voices

97. Things at Rest (2021)

14 min | Short

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Reimagining of the black aesthetic inspired by matriarchs of classic African-American literature.

Director: Desirae Lee

Category: New Voices

98. Thrupple (2021)

18 min | Short, Drama

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When lies are exposed and truths revealed, these three millennials must try to overcome the betrayal plaguing their relationship while coping with the everyday struggles of Adulting.

Directors: Damon Diddit, Damion Lee | Stars: Britney Baron, Jesslyn Blue, Malissa Browne, Christina Figueroa

Category: New Voices

99. When the Tar Leaks Red (2021)

5 min | Short, Horror

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As Lamia sleeps, the manifestation of her guilt once again torments her. As Lamia struggles to fight back, she soon realises that all isn't as it seems.

Director: Dominic Stewart | Stars: Celia Learmonth, Racquel Stewart

Category: New Voices

100. Wolves (III) (2021)

6 min | Short

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Two brothers engage in a disturbing rivalry amid their 1924 rural farmhouse.

Director: Travae Davis | Star: Nolan Howard

Category: New Voices




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