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Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film: Stolen Moments: Imagining the Black Subject



Join us on Tuesday, October 11 through Saturday, October 15 for the Stone Center’s annual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent film. This year’s theme is Stolen Moments…Imagining the Black Subject, with films from across the diaspora including the US, Niger, Haiti, Jamaica, Brazil, Trinidad &Tobago, France, Angola, and Cuba. All screenings are FREE and OPEN to the public and will take place at the Stone Center. Film descriptions and screening schedules are listed below. For more detail on screening times, please visit the Stone Center website:stonecenter.unc.edu or call 919-962-9001.

Thursday, October 13 (7pm-9:30pm):

El Camino

Director Raquel Tresvant | USA 2013 | Short Film | 8Min

El Camino’ follows the path of the anonymous migrant in search of the New World. The journey leads to exploitation and raises questions of culpability and complicity in the host society and on the part of the immigrant who crosses the political line in the sand. This film explores the metaphor for the reality faced by migrants arriving in strange, new lands every day


Dir. Asantewaa Prempeh | USA 2016 | Short Feature |13Min

The lines between trust, betrayal and forgiveness became grey and intertwined as we follow Amadou and Yaya, two Senegalese vendors working in New York.

Born with It

Dir: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr |USA, Japan| Short Film |16Min

On his first day of school in a small Japanese town, a half Japanese, half Black boy tries to prove to his new classmates that his dark skin is not a disease.


Dir. Maïmouna Doucouré | France | 21Mins

The family of eight-year-old Aida is thrown into chaos when her father returns from Senegal with young Rama, who he introduces as his second wife. Aida may not exactly understand the details, but she understands that her mother is in deep distress, and that there seems to be but one way to make thing better again.

By Blood

Dir: Marcos Barbery & Sam Russell | US |Feature Documentary | 66Min

Shedding light on the details of a little known part of African American history wherein 150 years ago, people of African descent (Freedmen) became part of the Cherokee and Seminole Nations, this award-winning Doc exposes the current, ongoing struggle caused when the tribes disenfranchised over 30,000 descendants of Freedmen and excluded them from tribal benefits.

Agents of Change

Dir: Abby Ginzberg & Frank Dawson | US 2016 | Feature Documentary | 64Min

Graphic images of student demonstrators at San Francisco State in 1968 being beaten and arrested by police and black students with rifles emerging from the Cornell University student union building are the entry points to a powerful but little known civil rights story: the struggle that erupted for more inclusive and meaningful higher education across America at the end of a tumultuous decade.

Akounak Tedalat Ta Tazoughai (Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red)

Dir.: Christopher Kirkley | USA, Niger 2015 | Drama, Musical | 75 MinsA revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones, and the music of a new generation.


October 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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