Women of African Descent Film Festival and Youth Fim Festival presented by Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc.
August 16, 23, 30, 2013
Night One August 16, 7pm-9:45pm (Click here to view flyer)
Director: Wilkie Cornelius Jr. US, 2012, 75 min
A young Brooklyn writer, fearful of serious commitment, sends his longtime girlfriend ambivalent messages about the status of their future. When she distances herself from their relationship, he realizes his loss and fanatically pursues her until his life spirals out of control. This romantic drama about love and loss, examines black male vulnerability as it relates to matters of the heart 4Closure
Director: Hilliard Guess, Producer: Penelope Lowder, US, 2013, 14 min
Sheila Robinson, an ever-loving devoted wife who’s at her wits end, has some big decisions to make. But unbeknownst to her oblivious husband Leonard, he won’t be a part of the decision making. Will this wacky couple’s love survive? Or will it be lost, like their dream home in... ‘4Closure?’
Night 2 August 23, 7pm-9:45pm
Little Brother: A Do Right Man
Director: Jasmin Tiggett Executive Producer: Nicole FranklinEpiphany Inc. US, 2013, 18 min
The third chapter in the Little Brother series is an interactive media project dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting and in the midst of a rocky political climate, we hear from young men in the state of Florida about the relationships in their lives that are helping prepare them for adult life and the challenges ahead.
Director: Faren Humes US, 2011, 17 min
In 1937, under the Third Reich, Germans of mixed race are being rounded up and rendered sterile. The looming threat is dangerously close, yet two sisters struggle over how to react. Sofia yearns to fight, while Marta says cope. Their bond must be stronger than their differences if they are to overcome the horror of the Reich.
Director: Priscilla Anany Ghana, 2013, 20 min
A contemporary drama about ailing maternal health in a remote village in the Volta region of Ghana, West Africa. With four female characters, the film summarizes the plight of hundreds of women who suffer due to the absence of regulated and accessible healthcare.
The Things I See
Director: Shirley BrunoUK, 2012, 10 min
A coming-of-age story about eleven year-old Matou who pretends to need glasses in order to be “seen” by her family. The eye glasses get her some attention, however, in wearing them her focus begins to shift literally and figuratively. With them she sees blurry but internally she begins to see sharper. A snapshot portrait of a Haitian family coping with life abroad.
Girls of Daraja
Director: Barbara Rick Executive Producer: Deborah Santana US, 14 min, 2012
Celebrating the unique and powerful Daraja Academy: a free secondary school for exceptional girls in rural Kenya. Daraja and its supporters believe educated girls can transcend poverty and change the world.
Why Do You Have Black Dolls?
Director: Samantha Knowles US, 2012, 25 minInspired by a question asked of Knowles as a child, the film, the first of its kind, focuses on the little-known black doll community and brings heart-warming and powerful story of the history, beauty,
Night 3 August 30, 7pm-9:45pm
Life under Construction
Director: Karim AlexanderUS, 2012, 7 min
Karim hoped that moving to the US would solve all his problems. He soon discovered that changing one’s location isn’t the solution; it is about staying true to yourself, maintaining a desire to learn and develop, and believing that things can always get better.
Director: Makeda LynchUS, 2012, 9 min
Makeda wants to know why her mom is so strict. Through stories of her mom’s difficult childhood in Guyana, Makeda begins to understand why her mom values education over everything else. She understands, but she does not have to agree.
Shahalam and I
Director: Kamila BadianeUS, 2012, 5 min
People don’t get autism. The media portrays autistic people as slow and “special,” but Kamilah knows different. She shares her brother’s goals and dreams to help people understand that he is not so different from other kids his age.
Black and White in the City of Lights
Director: Hazkel BrownUS, 2012, 5 min
Hazkel did not want to leave his home in Costa Rica to move to the US. He reflects on how hard it was to transition to a new country, to feel isolated and suddenly uncertain about his identity. Through art, filmmaking and sports, Hazkel develops a strong sense of self and finds a new community and home.
Beyond the Block
Director: Daquan HerringUS, 2012, 6 min
Daquan profiles his two friends, Evan and Rico, two young artists striving to overcome circumstances and heart¬break in hope that their talent will one day carry them ‘Beyond the Block.’
Written by Angileece Williams US, 2011, 20 min
At 18, Eliyah Howard thinks he knows what it means to be a real man. He learned nearly everything from his abusive father. But family, love, and tragedy test the lessons he inherited. Is it too late for Eliyah to redefine what a man really is?
Written by students in the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in New York City. Directed by Clark Johnson.US, 2009, 17 min. Twin brothers Devon and Keshon rely on each other for their daily survival. When they find themselves attracted to the same girl, a rivalry builds that leads to deeper questions about how society judges boys and men.
Choices: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Written by teens from Orlando Florida. Directed by Tamara Jenkins.US, 2004, 16 min
Three boys on the verge of manhood face the realities of relationships. A look at how three teenage friends deal with issues of fatherhood, peer pressure, passion, STDs and taking responsibility.
Written by youth incarcerated on Rikers Island. Directed by Academy Award winner Adam Davidson. US, 2001, 11 min
When three young men chat up the new girl on the block, only one gets lucky, but he is forced to deal with his HIV status
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