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The theme for this year’s festival is “Resistance,” highlighting films that look at political and social uprisings, including the civil rights events of the 1960s, the Los Angeles race riots of the 1990s and more.
Most screenings and festival events take place at three locations in Philadelphia’s University City — Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Drexel University’s Pearlstein Gallery.
Saturday at 2 p.m., Black Star will screen the Philadelphia premiere of actress Gabourey Sidibe’s short film The Tale of Four, which was inspired by Nina Simone’s song Four Women.
Attracting movie-lovers, filmmakers, directors and actors from around the country, Black Star shines a light on the full range of contemporary black films that are currently being produced around the world.Created in 2012, Black Star shines a light on black filmmakers, artists and traditions from the African diaspora.Each day of the festival kicks off in the morning with a film screening, starting on Thursday, August 3 with Tourments D’Amour by French woman of color Caroline Jules.Admission is free but an RSVP is required by August 2 here. The conversation will be moderated by Philadelphia’s own Maori Karmael Holmes, Director of Public Engagement for the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia and a driving force behind the Black Star Film Festival.Saturday brings the festival’s biggest event: a conversation with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava Du Vernay (!!! Du Vernay is known for her Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated film Selma, her documentary on mass incarceration called and her directorial work on the award-winning T. Later Saturday, Du Vernay will be honored at the Black Star Awards Ceremony at World Café Live.