The 7th Annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival brings a stellar lineup of documentaries, diaspora films that open the near and far world, touching dramas and witty shorts all designed to immerse audiences in the powerful voice of emergent cinema that is by or about Black people.
Our stories are as diverse as our hues and reveal our vulnerability, strength and global interconnectedness. We celebrate the works of the filmmakers, and the appreciate the opportunity to showcase their works with audiences eager to be immersed in the power of story. This year we bring 19 Seattle premiers, 8 world premiers and an eclectic mix of themes, memes and events.
Be there on Opening Night when we join with the Northwest Sickle Cell Collaborative and Metropolitan Sickle Cell Task Force to mark the 100th Anniversary of the discovery of Sickle Cell in the U.S. The Opening Night film, NURSE.FIGHTER BOY is a poignant, beautiful drama whose characters are forever changed by the devastating effects of Sickle Cell Anemia. This film has been nominated for 10 Genie Awards (Canadian ‘Oscars’) including best Director and Best Motion Picture. Filmmaker Charles Officer in attendance.
A recent CDC report on conditions, health impact and barriers to care for Black children ages 0-17 who suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia revealed substantial differences in intellectual disabilities, health status, hearing and vision deficits and delays in access to healthcare for youth stricken with this life limiting disease. One in 350 children in America are affected by this disease.
In solidarity with those who are fighting to improve the lives of local youth stricken with Sickle Cell Anemia, we are donating $5 of each ticket sold for Opening Night to the Metropolitan Sickle Cell Task Force to help support families and individuals with sickle cell disease through advocacy, summer camp program, and a scholarship fund.
We are proud to stand with these partners in the fight for education support and dignity for children and families who struggle daily with this disease.
THEMES, MEMES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Join us for nine days of celebrating the art of cinema. With 19 Seattle premieres including MISSISSIPPI DAMNED, directed by Tina Mabry, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION, a powerful unfolding of the American Civil Rights movement through song, ADERA, heart wrenching Ethiopian drama, FLAGS, FEATHERS AND LIES, Produced by Julie Belafonte, BURN a riveting documentary about one of the worst race riots in U.S. history and so much more.
Special events include a Closing Night gala seranade of the music of the soulful Bill Withers following the screening of the very personal documentary “STILL BILL” at the beautiful Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Oh, and bring your gym shoes to join us on FAMILY FUN FRIDAY, featuring the delightful film “DOUBLETIME” and a live Jump Rope Exhibition with NW Double Dutch!
Film and discussion has always been a core meme for the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and this year is no different. Post screening discussions with filmmakers follows most films; a workshop panel in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum where leading emergent Black filmmakers discuss the craft, crisis and opportunities for filmmakers in the 21st century; and the ever present audience engagement with the film and each other brings power, context and relevant to the festival event.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
This year, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center will be closed for much needed seismic and electrical upgrades. The Festival will be held at three venues -
ALL OTHER NIGHTS – Central Cinema | 1411 21st Avenue Seattle WA 98122
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