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Filmmakers in person! Film Series : 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival

Shorts Program: Women of Color

2017-19, Various directors, USA/Canada, 74 min.

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Show Times

  • Sun, Aug 25th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Aug 26th 8:15pm

Heart, soul, and perseverance are a woman’s essentials in these seven shorts.


MAHALIA MELTS IN THE RAIN
2018, Emilie Mannering and Carmine Pierre-Dufour, Canada, 12 min.
With Kaiyonni Renner, Sagine Sémajuste

A beauty ritual meant to be a rite of passage triggers mixed emotions in a young ballerina whose peers have given her the cold shoulder. DCP digital. (BS)


IT MUST BE PAPRIKA
2018, Aissa Gueye, USA, 12 min.
With Aissa Rose Gueye, Napoleon Williams II

A Muslim teen reaches for new possibilities when a new friend and a skateboard come into her life. ProRes digital. (BS)


MONITA
2017, Brianna Clearly, USA, 5 min.
With Bella Bahhs

A relationship comes to a turning point with two phone calls at cross-purposes. ProRes digital. (BS)


DEAR INNER CITY
2019, Jazmin Bryant, USA, 12 min.
With Lauren Miller, Josiah Zion Paris

A desperate homeless woman with a child struggles to turn her back on the old life on Chicago’s mean streets. ProRes digital. (BS)


THE PICTURE
2018, Brandon Reese, USA, 13 min.
With Nada Steier, Armand Fields

A special birthday party is a catalyst for change when a mother looks back. ProRes digital. (BS)


ON MOTHER’S DAY
2018, Ellie Wen, USA, 7 min.

Mother’s Day is a different sort of commemoration for a mom who has become a tireless advocate for her incarcerated son. ProRes digital. (BS)


THE NEW MOTHER
2019, Eleva Singleton, USA, 13 min.
With Tania Coulter, Tinsey Rose Torres

An elderly woman and her grown daughter share a common bond across the age gap in this sensitive drama. ProRes digital. (BS)

Directors Brianna Clearly, Jazmin Bryant, Brandon Reese, Eleva Singleton, and (tentative) Aissa Gueye are scheduled to be present for audience discussion at both screenings.

There will be a champagne and dessert reception celebrating women filmmakers immediately following the screening, hosted by Eleva Singleton and the Gene Siskel Film Center.