Family, both the one we’re born into and the one we make for ourselves, is always complex. From an energetic time-traveling short about family secrets, to shorts that navigate identity with the sometimes-strained support of loved ones, this shorts program highlights the importance of Black family, friends, and community in these times of civil and racial unrest in the United States and serves as a reminder that all Black lives matter. Forever and always.
Dir. Blanche Akonchong, USA, 2019, 11 mins
On a crazy day during Mercury retrograde, a family's deepest secrets come to the surface, forcing them to realize they are not the model African family.
-SHIP: A VISUAL POEM
Dir. Terrance Daye, USA, 2019, 12 mins
A Black boy learns contradicting lessons of manhood and masculinity on the day of his cousin's funeral. CW: Moderate graphic imagery and references to suicide.
HONOR BLACK TRANS WOMXN!
Dir. Seyi Adebanjo, USA, 2019, 6 mins
This is a call to center, protect, and celebrate Black Trans Womxn. This is also a reminder that Black Trans Womxn are essential members of our Black Family.
Dir. Andrew J Rodriguez, USA, 2019, 14 mins
NYC college student Zaire Ruiz has life under control, from college to boys. When he is suddenly diagnosed with HIV, Zaire carries this burden alone. PLUS is a coming-of-age story of learning self-acceptance, self-worth, and the value of support systems.
SEX IS A GOD THING
Dir. Zarinah Ali, USA, 2019, 19 mins
Michelle and Aiesha are sisters who have just buried their father. Michelle and Aiesha have also just met. Both queer and both grappling with the unraveling of their respective romantic partnerships, a drunk Aiesha has dragged a hesitant Michelle out to a party.
SHÉÁR AVORY: TO BE CONTINUED
Dir. Abram Cerda, USA, 2020, 26 mins
The coming-of-age story of Shéár Avory (pronouns: they/them/theirs), a 17-year-old aspiring social justice advocate in Los Angeles who navigates housing instability and familial dependency on their journey to adulthood.
This program will be followed by a Q&A
Presented in partnership with Harlem Pride