shorts #9 :

Race for Equality

​Farming While Black
Directors Sara Salman, Imaeyen Ibanga - USA - 7 min. 

The United States was built on the agricultural strength and skill of Black slaves who knew how to farm. But even after slavery ended, Black people who worked as farmers have continued to face systematic barriers — and still do today.

​A Date, with History
Director Gaspar González  - USA - 11 min. 

In December 1955, a brief news item in a national publication reported the arrest of a Black woman and a white man at a Miami motel. They were arrested for vagrancy, at the time a vague charge wielded by police against activity deemed undesirable — in this instance two people meeting, likely for sex, in violation of the city’s strict segregation laws. Delving into the case, the filmmakers uncover the personal stories of the two protagonists and show that, far from a footnote, the episode provides an unexpected glimpse into the era's complex social history.

Noah
Director Monty Marsh - USA - 16 min. 

Through Noah, we see firsthand what life is like as a black boy in America in the wake of George Floyd's murder, national protests and civil unrest. Noah recalls moments throughout his life that he and his father have personally experienced with racism, while also negotiating his place in society. He reckons with his loss of innocence, while worrying that his younger brother Bryson will experience the same. Noah ultimately realizes that his only option is to stand up against racism, bigotry and hatred.

Eighteen Forward
Directors Brad Walker, Zai - USA - 12 min. 

In the wake of national protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020,

a community of artists and activists in Wilmington, NC submitted a proposal to city council seeking approval for a “Black Lives Matter” art installation on city property. This is their story.

Trouble at Lake Monroe
Director Don Sawyer - USA - 15 min.

Vauhxx Booker is a black man camping with friends at Monroe Lake, Bloomington, Indiana, on the 4th of July. Instead of fireworks, they are there to view the lunar eclipse. But fireworks cannot be avoided as Vauhxx is racially attacked, pinned against a tree and threatened to be lynched.


Black Lives Matter in Rural America
Director Anna Kook - USA - 11 min. 

In this rural, white town in southern Virginia, Black residents have felt like second-class citizens for generations. But these three Black women say it’s finally time for change.

Here’s what it’s like to fight for Black lives in a county that is 90% white and where Confederate statues are celebrated.

​Without Rhyme or Reason
Director Jazz D'Miracle - USA - 8 min. 

Without Rhyme or Reason tells the story of the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, in Birmingham, Alabama. In an act of racially motivated terrorism, four members of the Klu Klux Klan murdered Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Carole Robertson. This documentary commemorates the victims and their families, while shedding light on African American people . Showing that we are just as human, just as sophisticated, just as wise and resilient as every other race.

May 27 - 29, 2022 at RoleCall Theater

Screens Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 11:30 AM

at RoleCall Theater

80 min.