World Showcase

A Revolution of Love

CANADA | 5 min | US PREMIERE

A young back woman explores her past and present through dance.

Directors: Weyni Mengesha, Lucius Dechausay | Writers: Assata Shakur, d’bi.young anitafrika | Producer: Wayne Burns | Cast: Esie Mensah, Miranda Liverpool, Dedra McDermott, Sammi Vassel, Rose-Mary Harbans

Coffee

UK | 9:50 min | US PREMIERE

After a crushing breakup, a heartbroken woman is taught a life changing lesson that she will never forget.

Director: Jordan Pitt | Writer: Nii Odartei Evans | Producers: Jordan Pitt, Nii Odartei Evans, Lee Daley, Geoffrey Williams, Yousaf Sharif, Kwame Mante | Cast: Adele James, Blanche Williams, Nii Odartei Evans

Digging For Life

CAMEROON, ANGOLA, EUA | 14:30 min | US PREMIERE

When a young Cameroonian attempts to pursue the dream of a better life in post-apartheid South Africa, he instead finds himself trapped as a slave in Angola.

Director: João Queiroga | Producers: Tommy Germain, João Queiroga, Jessica Ynez Simmons, Kevin Gorey | Cast: Tommy Germain, Stanley Glover

Fuego

CANADA | 15:51 min

“Cambia por que se te va, se te va la vida.”

Director: Christine Rodriguez | Writer: Christine Rodriguez | Producer: Christine Rodriguez | Cast: Danny Blanco-Hall, Davide Chiazzese, Daniel Loyer

Junior

HAITI | 11:28 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE

An acclaimed Haitian musician struggles to keep the beat of his passion alive for generations to come.

Director: A.J. Wilhelm | Writer: A.J. Wilhelm | Producers: Ajayi Jackson, Tatiana Mora-Liautaud, Marie Arago, Sandrine Malary, A.J. Wilhelm | Cast: Jèrôme Simeon

Not Just a Name

USA | 23 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE

Not Just a Name explores the stigma and racial bias experienced by African-Americans with unique sounding names as well as the historical origin of these names.

Director: De’Onna Young-Stephens | Writer: De’Onna Young-Stephens | Producer: Madeline Gamero | Cast: Shiquita Williams, Fulani Bahati, Mocha, Naauh’Mocquaii Robinson-Jones

The Door of Return

GERMANY | 29:58 min | FESTIVAL PREMIERE

A Call and Response between 2020 and 2440. Told through the perspective of eight black women, that are connected through the tireless and endless fight against racism.

Directors: Anna Zhukovets, Kokutekeleza Musebeni | Writers: Kokutekeleza Musebeni, Anna Zhukovets | Producers: Lea Neu, Katharina Kolleczek | Cast: Joyce Sanhá, Nancy Mensah Offei, Katharina Oguntoye, Natasha A. Kelly, Alice Hasters, Charlotte Nzimiro, Michele Leyangha