IBFFONLINE 2020 Winners

BEST LONG DOCUMENTARY 

REMEMBERING

ANARCHA

Documentary addresses ethics and race in its profiles of Dr, James Sims, considered the “father of gynecology” and of the many enslaved African women, like Anarcha, whom he used for experimentation and research to develop his medical procedures 

Directed by Josh Carples

 BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE 

 

THROUGH THE EYES OF A FATHER

During their senior year of high school, an interracial couple must decide how to deal with her pregnancy. Daniel argues for abortion, while Sophie wants to keep the baby.  A choice that will affect the rest of their lives & guide their transition from teens to adults.

Directed by Ty Rae Carter

 AUDIENCE CHOICE 

WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES

A first-year teacher puts it all on the line for some unmotivated students all while her personal life is falling apart.

Directed by Alvin Moore Jr.

 BEST CHILDREN & YOUTH FILM 

 

SIX PACK

Living in South Central LA, six sisters must band together to get their family’s bike back.

Directed by Rita Usher

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

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70 YEARS OF BLACKNESS:

THE UNTANGLINE OF RACE AND ADOPTION

Verda Byrd has been living her entire life as a black woman, but at the age of 70 she made a shocking discovery.  Ms Byrd discovered that she was adopted and that her biological parents were actually white. This film takes a look at Ms Byrd’s story while examining the effects race played within the adoption industry.

Directed by Christopher Windfield

 BEST OF FESTIVAL 

 

TO BE US: TO WORK

A narrative-shattering documentary that holds a mirror to  the treatment of Black people in the workplace.  Features participants from a diverse group of professions who share experiences of racism, misogynoir, retaliation, wrongful terminations, and discriminatory practices from employers. Also chronicles the health consequences of racism.

Directed by Tosca Davis, Cedric Smith & Terrance Thomas

 BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM 

 

OUR GORONGOSA

 Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife restoration. With renewed protections, the park has increased its large mammal population 10-fold to over 100,000 animals.

Directed by Carla Rebai

 BEST INSPIRATIONAL FILM 

 

THE SIMPLE PATH

An elder care nurse takes matters in her own hands when her beloved patient runs out of funds for nursing home care. Her brother, a Peace Corps volunteer, helps his sister care for her patient in her home and himself lives a life  of service.

Directed by Charles Moore

 BEST NARRATIVE SHORT 

A STORYBOOK ENDING

Dark dramedy focuses on an intense night in which a black man kills a white undercover police officer in self defense. The subsequent cover up sets of a chain reaction of deceit, blackmail, and murder.

Directed by Lanri Olabisi

 BEST STUDENT FILM

 

PUPPY LOVE

A  coming of age story about a boy with a huge crush on his favorite R&B singer. He’s got a chance to go to her concert but his phone doesn’t work, so he can’t call in to enter the contest.

Directed by Darren Heard

 BEST OF TENNESSEE 

 

1ST FORGOTTEN CHAMPIONS

Hitchhiking his way to college filled with dreams of a bright future, Jerry C. Johnson later became the first African American basketball coach to win a NCAA Division lll National Basketball Championship in 1975.

Directed by Morecco Coleman

 HONORABLE MENTION

 

AFTER SELMA

After the 1965 march in Selma and the passage of the  Voting Rights Act, a concerted campaign to suppress  voting rights in America continued.

Directed by Loki Mulholland

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