BlackStar Film Festival
Shorts Program 4
United States, 2017, 15 min.
Dir. Desha Dauchan
A married Muslim woman in crisis becomes obsessed with what is buried in her disheveled backyard only to discover that it’s not what, but who. Tonight, at her breaking point, she will dig it all up before day breaks.
Forged From the Love of Liberty
Trinidad and Tobago, 2016, 5 min.
Dir. Vashti Harrison
“Forged From the Love of Liberty” is the national anthem of Trinidad and Tobago, adopted in 1962 upon T&T’s declaration of independence. In the following years, forged from this time of change and unrest, the filmmaker’s family suffered a curse. Forged From the Love of Liberty is a visual poem about this curse and two superstitions that surround it.
United States, 2017, 17 min.
United States Premiere
Dir. Jackie J. Stone
After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman’s desperate plans are intercepted.
United States, 2017, 5 min.
Dir. Sewra G Kidane
Proclamation Punctuation is a fashion film centered on a fabulously fascinating woman paying homage to her love of using exclamation points in her missives: periods are so period, whereas an exclamation point livens up a sentence! There is simply nothing worse than a long, dragged-out sentence ending in an uninspiring dull dot! So, when exclamation points are your philosophy of life, one must always keep it on the up beat!!
The Tale of Four
United States, 2016, 23 min.
Dir. Gabourey Sidibe
Inspired by Nina Simone’s song Four Women, this narrative explores the inner lives of Aunt Sarah, bound and burdened by duty; Saffronia, who is searching for identity; Sweet Thing, who looks to reconcile sex with love; and Peaches, who seeks justice for her son. Four Women reflects multifaceted African American women, connected by the inner-city building where they live, who converge on one fateful day through incredible acts of bravery.