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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.

Tuesday, October 11 (7pm-9:30pm):

Across The Tracks

Dir: Michael Cooke | US/Short Feature | 16Min

Two sisters grow up in 1960s Georgia. But one is born with light skin and when schools integrate, she decides to change her destiny – by passing for white.

Lost Boy

Dir: Aisha Porter-Christie | Jamaica | Short Feature |12Min

A 12-year-old Jamaican runaway sneaks back into his home town for what he assumes will be a routine visit with his best friend. But things don’t quite go according to plan…

Little Man

Dir: Princeton Holt |USA 2014| Short Narr |5 Min

A young teenager from a bad neighborhood takes care of his mother and sister.

About That

Dir.: Damien Smith | USA 2015 | Short Narr| 16 Mins

Summer and Jonathan are in love, but love isn’t enough for some people. Their relationship can only be described as pure bliss. Unfortunately, the world is uncomfortable with the pair and a series of events start to hint at Jonathan’s mental stability.

In a Perfect World

Dir: Daphne McWilliams | US 2016| Feature Documentary |73Min

What it is like to be a male child raised by a single mother? Men from various backgrounds and ages share personal anecdotes that highlight their relationships with their single mothers and their absentee fathers. A probing cinematic essay examining one of society’s greatest ailments

The Youth

Dir.: Dehanza Rogers | USA 2015 | Short Feature | 15 Mins

A young Somali-American faces an urgent dilemma when an old friend resurfaces from his past in this razor-sharp drama about the politics of cultural identity.

Nan Lakou Karnival

Dir.: Kaveh Nabatian | Haiti, Canada 2014 | Documentary Short | 9 Mins

A journey through the Haitian carnival as experienced by a young woman, this film straddles the lines between documentary, visual poetry and hallucination. Filmed in hyper-saturated 16mm, angels of death and groups of men covered in black syrup battle a giant “master of Midnight” with fire blazing in his eyes to the beat of Haitian rara and raboday music. Created in collaboration with the director’s students from the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, and based on a poem by young Haitian poet Gabriel Wood Jerry.

Vole Vole Tristesee (Fly, Fly Sadness)

Dir.: Miryam Charles | Canada, Haiti 2015 | Short Sci-fi | 6 Mins

Following a nuclear explosion that transforms the voice of all the inhabitants of an island, a Finnish journalist goes there in order to find a hermit with mysterious powers.

Invisible Heroes- African Americans in the Spanish Civil War

Dir. Alfonso Domingo, Jordi Torrent | USA, Spain | 2015 | 77 Mins |

In 1936, some 2,800 young Americans, together with 50,000 volunteers from 54 countries, offered their lives in defense of the Spanish Republic. What is less known is that 85 African Americans joined that heroic struggle to fight against racism and for the country civil rights denied to them in their own country. This is their story, an untold chapter in the history of both the Unites States and Spain. The adventures of invisible heroes who answered the call of a distant war to fight for their own freedom.


October 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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