Each year, IBE screens independent films produced and written by African American and African filmmakers. These artists have a distinct message to share in their films about their culture as well as the challenges and triumphs of the human spirit. In addition to the films, there will be discussions about selected titles and film making in general. Please come join us for this event.
As Civil Rights activists, Maureen and Kenneth were no strangers to racial injustices and traumatic experiences during their fight for equal rights. To cope with what they’ve encountered, Maureen spends her time in her favorite place of peace, the riverbank. It is here where Maureen used to bond with her granddaughter Tyna, sharing stories about her past. Now 20 years old, become a freedom fighter in her own right, tackling inequalities and discrimination occurring on her college campus. When to take her activism outside the proposed safe boundaries of school, Maureen fears for her granddaughter’s safety, and ultimately her sanity.
Faith is a college student who has had a pretty normal life until she started having visions that collided with reality. These visions are specific to social issues that are associated with the black community. Throughout Faith’s day, her knowledge and understanding of society are expanded because of the visions she experiences. Faith must make a choice of how she will use her newly found conscious when a woman is being viciously harassed in public.
Always in Season
ALWAYS IN SEASON explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans and connects this form of historic racial terrorism to racial violence today. The film centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina, on August 29, 2014. Despite inconsistencies in the case, local officials quickly ruled Lennon’s death a suicide, but his mother, Claudia, believes Lennon was lynched. Claudia moves from paralyzing grief to leading the fight for justice for her son. As the terrorism of the past bleeds into the present, the film asks: what will it take for Americans to begin building a national movement for racial justice and reconciliation?
After being wrongfully admitted to a mental facility for 2 years, a tragic beauty successfully escapes and returns home to prove her sanity. However, when she discovers the man she loves and the life she worked hard for is now placed around the finger of a younger, much less qualified woman, said sanity evades her.
F.A.M. is an award-winning drama about a black blended family trying to live a normal life a suburb of Atlanta, GA. The story covers the life of Trey, who is trying to balance his relationship with three women: Traci - his ex and the mother of his child, Dara - his new wife, and Olivia - his 15-year-old daughter who is struggling with her sexuality. Trey navigates the challenges of having a child coming out in a subculture of homophobia and co-parenting with a woman hell-bent on destroying his marriage.
A young girl navigates the micro-aggressions in her neighborhood that are far more dangerous than any young person should have to navigate.
A Question of Color
A Question of Color is the first documentary to confront a painful and long taboo subject: the disturbing feelings many African Americans harbor about themselves and their appearance. African American filmmaker Kathe Sandler digs into the often subconscious world of "color consciousness," a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture, and facial features conform to a European ideal.
A Question of Color traces "colorism" back to the sexual subjugation of black women by slave owners and the preferential treatment their mixed-race children received. The film is especially sensitive to the burdens borne by black women who often feel devalued by white standards of beauty. Disturbing scenes with teen-age rappers, a Harlem plastic surgeon, a television news anchor and a writer indicate the color problem is still very much with us, affecting employment, friendship, and marriage. This unusually sensitive film can help viewers examine the complex interplay between racial identity, culture, and self-image in society and within themselves.