The San Diego Black Film Festival, to be held on January 28-31, brings the spotlight to African American and African Diaspora Cinema. The festival includes feature and short films, as well as panel discussions and more.
Several films from previous years at the festival have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals. More importantly, seven films that premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival are either in negations or have already wrapped up distribution deals including the films “Locked in a Room,” now with Echo Bridge Entertainment, and our Best Comedy winner “The Donut Shop,” now with Viva Films.
This year’s films include:
The Prodigal Song (World Premiere): Starring Chris Webb, and Dari Crockett. Feature drama, 83 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. Julius Harper, Jr. On his journey to fame, a talented young rap artist struggles with his love of hip hop and his devotion to the church. Thursday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
This Little Light of Mine (Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer): Documentary, Short, 26 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. Robin Hamilton. A poor, Mississippi sharecropper escapes debilitating abuse to become an indomitable force against the political elite and a voice for millions fighting for the right to vote in 1964. January 28, following “The Prodigal Song.”
Scratch (A Hip-Opera): Feature drama, 93 mins., Canada, 2015; Dir. Sébastien Godron. On the road to fame, a young Haitian in Quebec bankrolls his hip hop career through a life of crime which he hopes to eventually put behind him. January 29, 5:30 p.m.
Driving While Black: Feature comedy, 95 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. Paul Sapiano. A comedic look at the black man’s everyday experiences with the police while driving. January 29, 6 p.m.
DELKA (Stand Up Tall or Fall): Feature drama, 108 mins., USA, 2015; Dir Will V. Moore. Delka Nenkova. An immigration story of a gymnast with a heart of gold and stars in her eyes. January 29, 7:45 p.m.
The Caged Bird (Life and Music of Florence B. Price): Feature documentary, 57 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. James Greeson. A film on the life and music of Florence B. Price who in 1933 became the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra. January 30, 11 a.m.
Billie Holiday (A Sensation): Feature documentary, 52 mins., Germany, 2015; Dir. Ulla Wätzig. New facts are uncovered about the legendary Jazz singer Billie Holiday. January 30, 11 a.m.
Ghosts of Amistad: Feature documentary, 57 mins., USA, 2014; Dir. Tony Buba. Based on Marcus Rediker’s book about an 1839 famous slave revolt by revels from Sierra Leone. January 20, 12:30 p.m.
Forgiveness: Feature drama, 96 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. Hakim Khalfani. An upstanding pastor’s life and relationship is turned upside down after picking up a stranded young woman in a small town in Mississippi. January 20, 3:30 p.m.
O Samba: Feature documentary, 82 mins., Switzerland, 2014: Dir. Georges Gachot. Samba, together with football and beautiful woman, is what springs to mind when we think of Brazil. Samba is also a way of life and a cry against discrimination of black people of Brazil. January 31, 11 a.m.
Refugee Here I Am: Feature documentary, 80 mins., Turkey, 2015; Dir. Eda Elif Tibet. A musical documentary based on the life of Enzo Ikah, a Congolese musician, refugee and renown reggae artist striving to survive in Istanbul, Turkey. January 31, 11:30 a.m.