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Since 2004, the Detroit Women of Color, Inc. has distinguished itself from other local film festivals and programs through a focus on independent films that highlight the voices of girls, women, and people of color. We produced
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.  We are excited about the return of
the critically acclaimed Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival in 2019. 
Stay tuned for more information and a call for submissions.

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The critically acclaimed Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival premiered in 2007 at the beautiful Johanson Charles Art Gallery to a packed house. We successfully produced the first film festival in Michigan featuring films by or about girls and women of color. 

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April 13-14, 2007

Detroit Women of Color
International Film Festival


Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival is returned for its 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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July 11-12, 2008

2nd Annual Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival


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.

July 11-12, 2008

Sacred Waters Spirituality Film Festival


This stand-out event ran three consecutive days featuring a powerful lineup of films and videos by or about Black and Brown girls and women from around the world.  Complimented by a workshop facilitated by great actress extraordinaire Lonette Mckee.  The festival also featured several 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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July 24-26, 2009

3rd Annual Detroit Women of Color

International Film Festival

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

February 22-24, 2008

3Rs Progressive Film Festival

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United States Social Forum 2010 Progressive Film Festival showcases 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 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.

June 23-25, 2010

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