SDSU, San Diego, California

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020

7:30 PM - Don Powell Theatre

They Say I'm Your Teacher - 9min
Director - Catherine Murphy (United States)

Bernice Robinson, a beautician from South Carolina, was the first teacher in the Citizenship Education Schools that taught literacy in order to pass voter registration requirements in the South during the mid-1950s and 1960s. She taught adults to read and write as part of Citizenship, understanding that registering to vote and engaging people in the issues that affect their lives was a key step toward changing the system. This helped to set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

7:40 PM - Don Powell Theatre

Happy Valley - 7min
Director - Wesley Shrum (Kenya)

Wealthy hedonistic philanderers settle in Happy Valley.

7:50 PM - Don Powell Theatre

Sapeurs en Danger: The Congo's Best Dressed Man - 30min
Director - Michael James Matthews (Australia; Congo)

Following the life of Maxime Pivot, the Congo's best dressed man, as he tries to teach the youth of Brazzaville how to dress impeccably, without destroying their lives or culture.

8:20 PM - Don Powell Theatre

Ayiti: The Awakening - 26min
Director - Sage Love (Haiti, United States)

A young man is driven to find his Ancestral roots and the trouble history of Ayiti after discovering no real relief efforts was made in the aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

8:50 PM - Don Powell Theatre

The Giverny Document (single channel) - 40min
Director - Ja'Tovia Gary (France, United States)

Filmed on location in Harlem, USA and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is an experimental, multi-textured cinematic poem that meditates on the safety and bodily autonomy of Black women. Filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary unleashes an arsenal of techniques and materials including direct animation on archival 16mm film, woman on the street interviews, and montage editing techniques to explore the creative virtuosity of Black femme performance while interrogating the histories of those bodies and lives as spaces of forced labor and commodified production.

Thursday, Sep 10, 2020

7:30 PM - Don Powell Theatre

Chèche Lavi (Looking for Life) - 76min
Director - Sam Ellison (Haiti, Mexico)

Two Haitian migrants find themselves stranded at the US-Mexico border, strangers in a strange land. With no way forward and no one to depend on but each other, difficult choices lead the two friends towards very different futures. Lyrical and patient, with a careful eye for cultural and linguistic detail, this is a film about longing for a place to fit in, longing for a stable life, for connection and companionship. It isn’t about crossing borders; it’s about how it feels when you can’t get across. It’s about what happens when you end up in a totally unexpected place. When you have to start over.

8:50 PM - Don Powell Theatre

Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure - 46min
Director - Kelvin Z Phillips, Writer - Jarita Holbrook (United States, Japan, Australia)

Two African-American astrophysicists travel across three continents, praying for clear skies and hoping to capture the elusive, magical moment of totality during a total eclipse. Just in time for the August 21, 2017 Great American Eclipse, comes the documentary: 'Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure.'

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