LIYANA

Executive Producer: Thandie Newton
Directed by: Amanda Kopp & Aaron Kopp
77 minutes | Animation|
October 10, 2018
(Swaziland/US/Qatar)

A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. Awards: Grand Jury Award Best Documentary - LA Film Festival; Jury Award for Artistic Bravery - Durban International Film Festival

 

Third Annual Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival

July 24-26, 2009
Charles Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Ave., Detroit Michigan, 48201

CHASE AND MELLO

Directed by Ryan Meyers
Detroit, Michigan, USA / 2009 / 25 minutes

Mello is a troubled saxophonist who finds peace only in his music. Chase is a charismatic young rebel who dreams of escaping the confines of her affluent family to become a dancer. These two social misfits team together to create a fantasy world of their own while exploring Detroit's urban ruins.

Second Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival

July 11 - 12, 2008 
Charles Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Ave., Detroit Michigan, 48201

PINK GULABI GANG

Directed by Shagun Rastogi
INDIA/USA / 2009 / 10:55 minutes

Far from the teeming metros of India, away from the malls and the IT companies, is a region where the figures and percentages of India’s economy are as meaningless as the technology that drives that growth. Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh is one of the poorest parts of the country – five districts that are riddled with poverty, corruption, drought, illiteracy and violence against women.

It is here that the Gulabi Gang, a group of over 20,000 women from about 400 villages is fighting for justice and equality, for protecting themselves against social malpractice, corrupt administrators, and domestic violence. And Sampat Pal, 45, who was married at 11, became a mother at 15, is leading this movement with passion and fervor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN4nbpcPElM&feature=youtu.be

First Detroit Women of Color
International Film Festival

April 13-14, 2007

The critically acclaimed Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival
began showcasing high quality film screenings in 2007 at the
beautiful Johanson Charles Art Gallery to a packed house.

 

BEST KEPT SECRET

Directed by Malik Booth
Los Angeles, California, USA / 2006 / 14 minutes

The Best Kept Secret is a powerful short film that focuses on a topic
that touches a secret that many women dread.

FILMS OF RESISTANCE AND HEALING 

The Detroit Women of Color, Inc. has produced a wide range of film festivals and film presentations highlighting how people all over the world love, resist, thrive, and challenge the oppression that we face. Our films remind us that we are more than our pain or the injustice that we face in the world. 

SACRED WATERS SPIRITUALITY FILM FESTIVAL

Friday, October 19, 2007 and Saturday, October 20, 2007
Johanson Charles Gallery
1345 Division Street
Historic Eastern Market District
Detroit, MI 48207

SACRED WATERS Spirituality Film Festival was a groundbreaking film festival.  It was the first spirituality film festival in Michigan. The diverse range of international films go beyond the boundaries of mainstream media and open your mind and spirit.  Several exciting films were premiered in Detroit. They Could Fly (Kajstura/USA/2006) tells the magical African American folk tale which uses the period of American slavery, as a stage to show how people can survive and overcome the most extreme experiences by the power of their own will. Kanyini (Hogan/Austrailia/2007), Andrea Wiley's Soulmate (Wiley/USA/2007), and  Taking a Step Back from Forgiveness (Calmthesis/USA/2007).  There was an eclectic blend of exciting films featured in the film festival.  The world renown documentary "Cidade das Mulheres", City of Women (Lázaro Faria/Brazil/2005) explores Candomble, a diaspora religion with roots in Africa, that empowers and gives a voice to women of color in Brazil.  Living Luminaries: On the Serious Business of Happiness (Karnarsky/USA/2007) features Dali Lama, Marianne Williamson, and Michael Bechwith (The Secret).  Geronimo Ji Jaga (a.k.a. Geronimo Pratt), the Black Panther sometimes described as America's Nelson Mandela, makes a unique appearance.  Zen Noir (Rosenbush/USA/2004) a murder mystery for those not afraid to think.

3Rs PROGRESSIVE

FILM FESTIVAL

RESTORATION, REVOLUTION, AND RESURRECTION

Friday, February 22, 2008 ~
Sunday, February 24, 2008

Paul Robeson Theatre
The Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Road
Detroit, MI 48226

3Rs Progressive Film Festival featured films and videos that celebrate the power of activism.  The diverse range of international films went beyond the boundaries of mainstream media and challenged viewers to become agents of change within their community and the world.  There was a panel featuring  Grace Lee Boggs, Sam Greenlee (author of the Spook Who Sat by the Door), Professor Griff of Public Enemy,  and Abayomi Azikiwe (Pan African Newswire) with thought-provoking dialogue and solutions.  Organizations that are actively involved in the health care movement, worker's rights, the peace movement, environmental rights, challenging the inequities within the educational, justice, and prison-industrial systems, water rights, and electoral politics were also present. 

 

The festival featured free health screenings provided by
Nurse Betty's Community Care Connection.


We are committed to bringing films thought-provoking films that inspire conversations about issues that effect our lives and exchange ideas.

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM

PROGRESSIVE FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday, February 22, 2010 -
Saturday, February 26, 2010

Michigan AEFSCME Council 25

AFL-CIO
600 West Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48226

Another World is Possible Progressive Film Festival was featured in the 2010 United States Social Forum in Detroit 2010 

The Progressive Film Festival showcased diverse intergenerational independent films and videos to shape and influence the public conversation in ways that convey momentum and hope. The films and videos represented a vision that inspired, empowered, and challenged poverty, exploitation, oppression, militarism/war  and environmental destruction-- locally, nationally, and worldwide.  The festival featured the Midwest premiere of Oliver Stone’s South with an international panel.  Films by John Trudell, Yoruba Richen, Anthony Hemingway, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Liz Miller, and many more. 

The film festival was held Wednesday, June 23, 2010, to Friday, June 25, 2010.
 

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