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
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
Living in South Central LA, six sisters must band together to get their family’s bike back.
Directed by Rita Usher
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
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
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
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
After the 1965 march in Selma and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a concerted campaign to suppress voting rights in America continued.