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TRAILERS

Catch a sneak peek from a few films from our lineup this year!

FEATURE FILM

"Subjects of Desire" - Directed by Jennifer Holness

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2023 Trailers
The Reckoning
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"Diaspora"- Iyore Edegbe

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

"Hand Me Down Christmas" 

Victor Charles Dean

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"- Robin Cunningham

From pit to palace clothed in the remnants of her dignity. In this film, Robin shares her journey of broken promises and discovering identity while living in the land of rejection.

"Rise of Afro Beats in the Prairies "

Ivan Touko, Fahad Suleiman

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.

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"Dead water" - Kamran Mohammadi, Sahar Mirzaeianfar

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.

"Little T" - Martin Ponferrada

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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"The Reflections of Francisca Newman"

Jon Frenkel Garcia

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..

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"Spiritual Cyphers: Hiphop and the Church"

Ariyan Johnson

Ariyan Johnson shares her personal journey about the struggles and triumphs of her two conflicting loves, Hip Hop and the Church. Through research and interviews with pastors, historians, artists, and pioneering women hip hop dance artists, the film explores the burgeoning industry of Hip Hop and its challenge for acceptance within the Church. Spiritual Cyphers is a love story told through, the director- Ariyan Johnson's experiences of her two loves. An account of her coming-of-age journey where the issues of becoming her true authentic self became a struggle as she used her talents in the worlds of Hip Hop and the Black Church. The difficulties of her coming-of-age story in the turbulent times of the late 1980s-90s are discussed with challenges stemming from standing in the gap with the fight against gender biases, her invisibility she felt within the burgeoning industry of Hip Hop, and her own acceptance. Not much has been explored concerning how African American women dancers were a part of Hip Hop’s history or how its culture intersects with spirituality until this film. The year 2023 marks Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary, however, not much has been explored concerning how Hip Hop culture intersects with spirituality. Today Hip Hop has become a global phenomenon and African American women were a part of that history, but in the beginning, there was resistance. What similarities to the Blues and Jazz of generations past does Hip Hop share with the Church and the youth? In the late 1980s and 1990s, the Black Church was a staple of the African American community, and Hip Hop, an African American creation, clashed. Spiritual Cyphers: Hip Hop and the Church is the first installment in the documentary film series exploring this era with a visit to the Black Christian Church where correlations of the elements of Hip Hop between the Emcee are made to the Preacher, the Deejay as the Worship Music, the Graffiti (the art and style) as Black Church aesthetics, the B-Boy/B-Girl as the Liturgical Dance Ministry, and Knowledge as the Word of God (Bible). Culture penetrates all… We find liberation becomes a "dance" toward deliverance that sheds light on this untold story of American History.

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