EventsBest of the Black Harvest Film Festival: Best of the Shorts

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Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival: Best of the Shorts

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


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Please join us for this Best of the Black Harvest Film pick, Chicago's premier festival for showcasing African American and the African diaspora.

2020-2021, various directors

USA, Canada, 60 min.

In English

These four exceptional films from the 2021 Black Harvest Film Festival explore how we define family and how our personal histories and experiences are shaped by those closest to us, and by the strangers we meet. This eclectic mix of films represents the visionary voices of Black filmmakers today. Contains some mature language.

In FUFU (2021, dir. Omolola Ajao / Canada, 15 min. / in English), a daughter converses with tradition. In BABY (2021, dir. Cole Swanson / USA, 20 min. / in English), a young Black father must learn to navigate parenthood after his girlfriend mysteriously abandons him and their five-year-old daughter. In PATOIS (2020, directors Andre Muir and Danielle Alston / USA, 13 min / in English), a first-generation child struggles to find herself and fit in with daily life at a typical American school. In REOPENING (2021, dir. Caralene Robinson / USA, 12 min. / in English), winner of the Black Harvest Film Festival Richard and Ellen Sandor Award, Best Short, Layla dares to leave the house after months in a depressed quarantine.

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African American History
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