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We are excited about the return of the critically acclaimed Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival in 2019.  We will share more information and a call for submissions soon.  

DWC Inc. has produced four film festivals in the city of Detroit; the Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival, the Sacred Waters Spirituality Film Festival, the 3Rs Progressive Film Festival and the United States Social Forum Film Festival

NO! The Rape Documentary

April 2004

In 2006 we brought filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons to Detroit and featured her film NO! The Rape Documentary on intra-racial rape in the African American community. We went to community organizations, faith based institutions, mental health organizations and local businesses to support the screening. Ms. Simmons spoke about the way Black women have been silenced about the pain they faced from sexual assault by family members, lovers, men they trusted and strangers. We had a panel of men and women involved in the fight against sexual violence and rape culture. We ended the screening with intense dialogue.

1st 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.

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United States Social Forum Detroit 2010: Another World is Possible Progressive Film Festival

June 23-25, 2010

The United States Social Forum 2010 Progressive Film Festival showcases diverse inter~generational independent films and videos to shape and influence the public conversation in ways that convey momentum and hope. The films and videos represent a vision that inspires, empowers, and challenges poverty, exploitation, oppression, militarism/war and environmental destruction-- locally, nationally and worldwide.  The festival opened Oliver Stone's film "South of the Border" featuring a multilingual panel with government representatives from the Global South to a standing room only audience. John Trudell presented his film "Trudell".  There were films from independent progressive filmmakers from around the world.

3R's Progressive Film Festival

February 22-24, 2008

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

3rd Annual Detroit Women of Color international Film Festival

July 24-26, 2009

This stand-out event, ran three consecutive days featuring a powerful lineup of films and videos conceptualized, produced and directed by some of the most imposing, accomplished talent to climb the cinematic landscape in recent years.  They filmmakers arrayed the indigenous terrain, from African American, Continental African, Asian, Caribbean, Latino, Middle Eastern and Native American.  Visionaries who reflect through their work broad cultural perspectives meeting the needs of a wide array of women’s concerns.  Complimenting a workshop presentation at the event by great actress extraordinaire Lonette Mckee, was intimate dialogue with several insightful Detroit women filmmakers including Alicia Smythe (Nadir's Distorted Soul), Ryan Myers (Chase and Mello), and Danielle Eliska Lyle (HIPHOP Aesthetics: The 5 Senses, Part 1-SIGHT).

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2nd Annual Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival  

July 11-12, 2008

Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival is returned for it's sophomore run at the world renown Charles Wright Museum of African American History.  We showcased exceptional films and videos that ranged from racial identity, sexuality, science fiction, relationships, politics and history to empowerment, healing, hip hop, cultural traditions, spirituality and love.

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Sacred Waters Spirituality Film Festival

October 19-20, 2007

We successfully produced the first film festival in Michigan featuring films by or about women of color. We followed the Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival with another groundbreaking film festival to the city of Detroit.  The SACRED WATERS Spirituality Film Festival was the first spirituality film festival in Michigan.  The SACRED WATERS took an authentic look at the rhythm, beauty, pain, growth, healing, loss, transformation, love, hate, and joy of life through award winning films and videos from around the world.  This film festival was held in the Johanson Charles Gallery in the heart of the Historic Eastern Market District. Please click the button below to learn about the wonderful films we featured.