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© 2023 International Black Film Festival

855 black women soldiers, led by the highest-ranking black woman in the US Army, were sent overseas in 1945 to clear over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail.  They faced racism, sexism, and the Nazis.  Just when you thought every American story about World War II had been told, along comes this one--the detailed account of the only all-black female unit to serve in Europe during the war.  Led by the highest-ranking black female in the Army, they faced racism, sexism, and the Nazis.  

 

Friday, Oct. 4 / 3:15p-4:30p / Watkins

THE SIX TRIPLE EIGHT

No Mail, Low Moral

Husband and wife music producers Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew embark on an ambitious journey to Cuba: Two weeks in Havana to create a collaboration of sounds which originated from Afro-Caribbean roots that has evolved into what we now consider modern day Salsa music. Bringing together artists from the U.S. and Cuba, the film shines a light on Cuban culture and takes the viewer through the creative process and challenges of producing an album while providing an auditory sensation that touches the soul. Featuring Eric Benét, Louie Vega and Sergio George-who has produced albums for Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and more. Audiences will walk away feeling the passion, positive energy, triumph, and love that keeps this musical marriage strong.

 

Saturday, Oct. 5 / 6:06p-7:36p / Watkins

TWO BEATS ONE SOUL

Communities In Schools of Atlanta (CIS Atlanta) is a drop-out prevention program founded in Atlanta, GA in 1972. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. This powerfully raw and emotional film follows the lives of two students from different backgrounds who faced non-academic barriers that presented challenges in reaching their fullest potential. 

Directed by Jessica Young, Jason Young

 

Sunday Oct. 6 / 11:45a-1:45p / Watkins

BEATING THE ODDS

African American middle school girls deal with the difficult “truths” of black female identity and how they feel misunderstood, shadowed, and silenced in society. Through poetry, the girls are able to step out of the shadows to be heard.

Directed by Meleisha Edwards

 

Saturday, Oct. 5 / 2:15p-3:45p / Watkins

IN THE SHADOWS

Ghetto Steps chronicles the journey of high school students from Pittsburgh as they journey to Poland with Classrooms Without Borders to investigate and learn from a first hand perspective about the Holocaust.  This film captures the emotional perplexity and intrigue of World War II and the atrocities against man kind.  Ghetto Steps is an emotional and soulful short documentary that guides you through the steps of Auschwitz and Treblinka, to through the streets of Poland to hear first-hand stories of what it was like to be a Jew during the Holocaust.

Directed by Emmai Alaquiva

 

Sunday Oct. 6 / 11:45a-1:45p / Watkins

GHETTO STEPS

The Loving of Caridad follows one woman through a cycle of abuse and trauma as she exits the foster care system, haunted by a history of sex trafficking. Now she is at a crossroads and must piece together her past, present and future in search of the elusive thing so many of us take for granted: home.

Directed by Lisa Hornak

 

Sunday Oct. 6 / 11:45a-1:45p / Watkins

THE LOVING OF CARIDAD 

Linda Rockmore was voted homecoming queen in 1968 in Herculaneum Mo. Their will be a full documentary on this subject next year.

Directed by Aurielle Weaver

 

Saturday, Oct. 5 / 10:00a-12:00p / Watkins

Herculaneum's First Black Homecoming Queen

In the turbulent year of 1968, a black Nashville, TN high school fights back, in the streets and in Federal Court, when it is unfairly stripped of its sports programs, following unrest at a basketball game.

Producer and Director: Mark Schlicher

 

Saturday, Oct. 5 / 10:00a-12:00p / Watkins

THE PAST IS PROLOGUE: CAMERON CLASS OF 1969