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© 2023 International Black Film Festival

Friday Oct. 4 / 6:30p-8:00p / Watkins

BEAST OF THE WATER

A research group makes a curious discovery that may lead to the fountain of youth. Meanwhile, an ancient Native American fable sends an ominous warning that those who disrespect nature will learn to fear the rain. Nature's law has no mercy.

Directed by Rashaad Santiago Written and Produced by Rick Prince

 

Saturday, Oct. 5 / 4:00p-5:30p / Watkins

SOUTH CENTRAL LOVE

In the unforgiving streets of Los Angeles, the story follows a couple who comes from two different worlds. But through their trials and tribulations, they realize their broken families assist in bringing them closer together. Throughout the movie, characters learn to trust their intuition in their own love and life story, especially Davonte. Many don’t see his strength but he refuses to fall victim to the streets and learns forgiveness can help stop the cycle of gun violence. This film was created to encourage love within our city streets and to put an end to gang and gun violence. This is not your regular love story. South Central Love. The type of love money can’t buy.

Directed by Christina Cooper

Friday, Oct. 4 / 8:15p-10:30 / Johnson Ctr

FOSTER BOY

Micheal Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results. Michael, a successful litigator with a long career protecting corporate interests, wants nothing to do with Jamal’s case until a Judge forces him to accept it. Initially, he sees Jamal as a kid off the streets looking to grab a piece of corporate profits. But, when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest. As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit foster care agency, Michael is transformed from cynical skeptic to fierce warrior in the pursuit of justice.

VIEW TRAILER

Director: Youssef Delara 

Cast: Mathew Modine, Louis Gossett Jr., Shane McGhie

 

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

LONE STAR DECEPTION

Tim Bayh (Anthony Ray Parker) followed his Marine deployment in Afghanistan with 15
years in the oil business working for Bill Sagle (Eric Roberts) and finds himself as the first black candidate for Governor of Texas. Neither man is prepared for the
consequences of the candidacy as Tim has to decide to quit the race or risk his life
trying to make history.

Directed by Robert Peters, Don Okolo, Wayne Slayten