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August 4-7, 2016

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From Last Year

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2016

Film Lineup

This year we present over 60 films—a carefully curated selection of some of the best independent films made by and about people of African descent and global indigenous communities.

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Feature Narrative

Lambadina (Night Light)

A journey that opens in the Addis Ababa and ends in Los Angeles, depicting the challenges of establishing life in a foreign land.

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Feature Documentary

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA

Documenting critically acclaimed yet relatively unknown black filmmakers and media artists known as the Los Angeles Rebellion.

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Short Narrative

Univitellin

A modern Romeo and Juliet meet on a city bus. Life is great when you’re in love. However, unfortunately your fate has already been sealed.


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Experimental

Reluctantly Queer

A young Ghanaian man struggles to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana.

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Short Documentary

Two Cities

Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, reflecting what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston.

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Short Narrative

Macarrão

After being beaten up and humiliated by a group of tough kids, an awkward and quirky pre-teen finds something out that inspires him to stand up to himself.

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Feature Narrative

9 Rides

On the busiest night of the year, an Uber driver in Los Angeles gets life-changing news.


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Latest News


June 20, 2016

The 2016 BlackStar Film Festival is proud to announce our festival launch event on Sunday July 3, as part of Free First Sundays at The Barnes Foundation! Join festival director Maori Karmael Holmes for a Behind the Screen conversation with renowned filmmaker/entrepreneurs Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch (co-founders of BLACK&SEXY TV) on the craft and […]

April 17, 2016

We are delighted to announce that we are receiving the 2016 PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. The celebration takes place on May 24, 2016 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The award recognizes a visual and/or performing arts group that […]

August 4, 2015

Philadelphia, PA — BlackStar this morning announced the Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2015 BlackStar Film Festival at the Closing Awards Ceremony, hosted by legendary hip hop artist and radio personality Monie Love, featuring performances by Phonte, Muhsinah, Navasha Daya, Ethel Cee, and Norvis, Jr., at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA. […]

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