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FILMS 2023

View our selection of films screening at various venues across the Halifax Regional Municipality.

APRIL 19TH, 2023 - 6:30PM

OPENING PERFORMANCE: KAILIN GLASGOW

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Subjects of Desire

Jennifer Holness

Canada | 1h 41m

Explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards toward embracing Black female aesthetics and features, while exposing the deliberate, and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. ​ Best Feature Film - Black Harvest Film Festival Top 10 Audience Award - Hot Docs Cultural Spirit Award - New Hope Film Festival Best Documentary - DC Black Film Festival DOXX Award for Best Documentary - Tallgrass Film Festival Best Documentary - San Francisco Black Film Festival Best Documentary - CineFAM Film Festival Canada’s Top 10 Films - Toronto International Film Festival

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Dewie Decides

Jasmine Wongus

Canada | 2m

Animation - Dewie is faced with a decision to make friends or not

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You People

Zamani Folade

Canada | 7m

Zamani's composition and production of a tribute to Viola Desmond.

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The Shell I'm In

Carna Morton

Canada | 8m

“The Shell I‘m In” is an animated story of racial discrimination. The story is animated with Brown & White Eggs using past and present historical facts to depict the racism, inequality and injustice that has affected people of color for decades. I was inspired to do this animated story with the hopes of educating and inspiring others to incorporate and motivate change.

APRIL 20TH, 2023 - 6:30PM

OPENING PERFORMANCE: ASIA SPARKS

DELMORE BUDDY DAYE LEARNING CENTER

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A Walk in the Sun

Tobi Flemming/Israel Ekanem

Canada | 9m

An interracial couple sees the struggle of their story mirrored in a painting as they try to find their way together across their racial divide.

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Diaspora

Iyore Edegbe 

Canada | 13m

Diaspora is a forced coming-of-age story about a young Nigerian immigrant who attempts to save her family in a brand new world when a family vacation from her father turns out to be an escape from him

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You People

Zamani Folade

Canada | 7m

Zamani's composition and production of a tribute to Viola Desmond.

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Hand Me Down Christmas

Victor Dean

United States | 4m

Hand Me Down Christmas is a heartfelt story of a boy's annual trip to his grandmother's job that they turn into their own holiday.

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Joseph: A Story and A Song

Robin Cunningham

Canada | 20m

Explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards toward embracing Black female aesthetics and features, while exposing the deliberate, and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. ​ Best Feature Film - Black Harvest Film Festival Top 10 Audience Award - Hot Docs Cultural Spirit Award - New Hope Film Festival Best Documentary - DC Black Film Festival DOXX Award for Best Documentary - Tallgrass Film Festival Best Documentary - San Francisco Black Film Festival Best Documentary - CineFAM Film Festival Canada’s Top 10 Films - Toronto International Film Festival

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The Rise of Afro Beats in the Praries

Ivan Touko, Fahad Suleiman

Canada | 20m

The documentary follows the journey of African creatives in Alberta, who find a sense of belonging and community through Afrobeats. It showcases their stories, as well as the growing popularity of Afrobeats in the Prairie region, highlighting the fusion of cultures and the essence of immigration in Canada.

APRIL 21ST, 2023 - 6:30PM

OPENING PERFORMANCE: BLOWFLY

NORTH MEMORIAL LIBRARY

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Dead Water

kamran mohammadi, sahar mirzaeianfar

Iran| 9m

The story is about a lesbian couple. One Iranian and the other Afghan. The Iranian government wants to execute them for the crime of homosexuality. They are forced to leave the country to escape the execution, but through the forest. ​ Best Feature Film - Black Harvest Film Festival Top 10 Audience Award - Hot Docs Cultural Spirit Award - New Hope Film Festival Best Documentary - DC Black Film Festival DOXX Award for Best Documentary - Tallgrass Film Festival Best Documentary - San Francisco Black Film Festival Best Documentary - CineFAM Film Festival Canada’s Top 10 Films - Toronto International Film Festival

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Little T

Masha Ellsworth

United States | 6m

Follow Alexis on the biggest day of her life - her dream job interview as an interior designer. She's armed with an impressive resume, design portfolio, and two trusted companions: her "inner critic" and "inner child." Join Alexis on a journey through the origins of comfort food, as she uncovers new depths to herself and her abilities, and finds the courage to showcase her potential in the interview. Can Alexis overcome obstacles and land her dream job?

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Jerome

Gianfranco Fernández-Ruiz

United States | 14m

Basketball connects Jerome to his long-absent father, though not in the ways he wishes. As he struggles to accept his family’s shortcomings, Jerome questions who he and who he'll become. .

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The Bloom

Jody Xiong

United States | 5m

For the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Paralympic held at the bird’s nest in Beijing , Chinese artist Jody Xiong was invited by Chief Director Zhang Yimou to create a technologically-powered art installation called ‘The Bloom’. The project brought together 12 disabled people around an 8-meter wide, circular canvas to create a colorful smiley face by detonating paint-filled balloons using the power of their minds. It is a tech and art experiment, an expression of the strength of the disabled. This short film really records the process of the experiment.

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Silent Killer: You are What you CAN'T Eat

Ashley DeLeon

United States | 10m

The diabetes epidemic in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, NY has escalated in recent years. Poverty and lack of access to fresh foods have exacerbated the severity of health complications, and new medications that would benefit these communities are costly and not covered by insurance. This short documentary features diabetic patients and doctors with expertise in treating these communities, whilst discussing preventative measures to slow the rapid incline of diabetes.

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One Date

Andrew "King Bach" Bachelor

United States | 6m

One date can lead to love or disaster

What was Albert Up Against

Shiquawn "Queezy" Downey

Canada | 10m

This film is about a son extending a hand to his father in hopes of learning more about the man with whom he shares DNA, and, by extension, he hopes to learn more about himself. Being one of 27 children, Shiquawn seeks to understand his place in this genetic quilt.

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The Reflections of Francica Newman

Jon Frenkel Garcia

United States | 15m

In this cinematic fairytale, Francisca Newman, a psychologically disturbed ballerina, fails at her life audition. Her perfectionism starts to take a noticeable toll on her mental health, where in a world of passion and beauty, sensibility and enlightenment becomes darkness. In this increasingly violent and surreal competition at the hands of her own reflection, a familiar voice starts talking to her as an old forgotten friend. A voice that takes her on a journey through her own memories in order to find herself, before her reflection becomes a stranger.

APRIL 22ND, 2023 - 6:30PM

OPENING PERFORMANCE: THAYDRA GRAY

BLACK CULTURAL CENTER

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Glimpse

Mark Daye Jr.

Canada | 7m

Glimpse is a labor of love. It was created by Mark Daye JR other wise known as R2DAYE23D productions. as part the free film program that was conducted at i MOVE Arts Association in collaboration with NSCAD. A juxtaposition between a CBC 1962 interview and current views of the public in Halifax. Its a conversation around the topic of the deep rooted racism that exist here and views around the topic, giving a unique GLIMPSE of the general populations view on the black experience in Halifax. CBC June 24, 1962 Close-up: Figure Your Colour Against Mine.

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Rambo and Ms. Deb

Downey Roberts

Canada | 10m

This film is a conversation between Ms. Deb, a community elder and an OG, and Rambo, a young man with two feet in the streets and one hand reaching for a more stable life. Although unrelated by blood, Rambo and Ms. Deb have found family and trust in one another

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What was Albert Up Against

Shiquawn "Queezy" Downey

Canada | 10m

This film is about a son extending a hand to his father in hopes of learning more about the man with whom he shares DNA, and, by extension, he hopes to learn more about himself. Being one of 27 children, Shiquawn seeks to understand his place in this genetic quilt.

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Jacket of Blue

 Obediya Jones-Darrell

Canada | 10m

Set in the golden era of rail, Jacket of Blue is based on a play with music by Obediya Jones-Darrell about the struggles faced by Black train porters in the 1920’s. With original music inspired by Ragtime, Jazz, Folk, Gospel, and Broadway traditions, the story follows a dignified and conflicted porter who must face the best and worst humanity has to offer during a journey across generations that transcends culture. Based on historical research this production shares a story about the Pullman Porters who traveled from coast to coast during Canada’s Golden Age of Rail. A precursor to the civil rights movement & labour unions, the Porters struggle for dignity and self-sufficiency inspired the generations who followed them.

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Inheritance

Crystal Rose

Canada | 10m

When Marissa’s work-from-home day is interrupted by unexpected visitors, secrets unravel to reveal her true motives. Inheritance, the short film, is based off of the struggle between homeowners and squatters. What is legally permissible through squatter laws in the US and Canada has made it possible for squatters to gain legal entitlement to stay on property owned and paid for by homeowners. ​ Through learning of homeowner’s worst nightmares- the squatters that appeared as well-meaning renters, eager parties seemingly selling a home, or even home organizers being paid to accomplish a project, “Inheritance” was inspired by these real events and a love for thrillers. This is the story of a fictional character, Marissa - a woman who competes to secure her perceived inheritance with a calculated plan to overtake her parent’s property. She slyly advances after her father falls ill and moves away for an early retirement. Her plans are challenged when the new homeowners arrive with their own plan.

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Motivational Music - I Been There

Randon Wright

Canada | 5m

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Myself in the Mirror

 Randon Wright

Canada | m

Coming to terms with ones mental health is the first step in acquiring the correct help. Come on a journey of self-discovery in an attempt to save oneself.

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