Special Screenings

Opening Night

Hero

Directed By: Frances-Anne Solomon
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Location: Directors Guild of America, DGA Theater Complex
7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Time: Red Carpet: 6:00pm | Screening: 7:30pm | Followed by reception
Tickets: $105 for single ticket or $200 for two

HERO is inspired by the extraordinary revolutionary life and times of Trinidad and Tobago citizen, diplomat and judge Ulric Cross, the most decorated West Indian of World War II. He was a member of the highly-decorated group of Caribbean pilots who flew combat missions for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in World War II. This Caribbean group was the equivalent of the Tuskegee Airmen – that is, African American military pilots who flew combat missions for the U.S. Air Force in World War II. After his service, Cross went on to play an active and important role in the Pan African Movement, which led to the creation of the 28 modern Caribbean and 54 modern African nations. This Pan African Movement influenced U.S. domestic policy towards African Americans and inspired the Civil Rights movement. It also inspired Black Power movements in the Americas as well as the rise of Black consciousness that swept around the world and resonates to this day.

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Centerpiece

She Ball

Directed By: Nick Cannon
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Cinemark BHC 15
Time: 6:30 pm Red Carpet | 7:30 pm VIP Screening | 7:45 pm Encore Screening
Tickets: VIP Screening $75 (includes after party) | Encore Screening $25 (screening only)
Rooted in discourse about race, gentrifcation, criminal justice and female empowerment, “She Ball” follows the love of the game through the struggles of Avery Watts, a single father who lost his NBA dreams to gang violence. Avery now struggles to keep his family’s community center open amidst rising gentrifcation in the City of Inglewood. Stars Nick Cannon, Cedric The Entertainer, Fasion Love, Marla Gibbs, Evan Ross, Luenell, Melody Rae, DC Young Fly, Big Boy and Birdman.

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Closing Night

Zulu Wedding

Directed By: Lineo Sekeleoane
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Location: Cinemark BHC 15, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90008
(on the property of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza)
Time: 6:00 pm Red Carpet | 7:00 pm Screening | Followed by reception
Tickets: $40.00

Lou left South Africa and her Zulu-Sotho heritage behind to become a dancer in America. When she falls in love with an African American man, she knows he’s the man to marry. But when she brings him home to meet her family, she discovers she’s been promised since birth to a king in the Zulu kingdom. Caught between two men, two families, and two similar traditions coming from the same African roots, Lou has to come to terms with who she is so she can fight for what she wants. A warm, thoughtful and hilarious tale. Not to be missed! Starring Darrin Henson and Nondumiso Tembe.

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Spotlight Screening

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Directed By: Joe Talbot
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Location: Cinemark BHC 15, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90008
(on the property of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza)
Time: 7:00pm | Followed by reception
Tickets: $25.00

A young Black man searches for home both spiritually and materially in the changing city that seems to have left him and his people behind. Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. He is joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, who is a playwright and poet. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation. A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and ordinary people, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them. Starring Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors, with a cameo appearance by Danny Glover. Q&A and discussion will follow with actors Jimmie Fails and Danny Glover; Damien Goodmon (Crenshaw Subway Coalition); and Jasmyne Cannick, political strategist. Moderated by KJLH’s Dominique DiPrima and Ayuko Babu.
Best Independent Film, African-American Film Critics Association; New Generation Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association

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Spotlight Screening

Stuck With You

Presented by UMC
Directed By: Patricia Cuffe-Jones
Date: Friday, Feb 14 @ 7:15p; Added screening, Friday, Feb 14 @ 10:20p
At first glance, Candace and Luvell seemed like the perfect storybook couple. The marriage of the former R&B princess and Hollywood’s leading man was envied by all, especially after the release of their hit tell-all relationship book, “CandyLuv.” But while their careers
were being catapulted to new heights overnight, their model marriage was falling apart. Stars AJ Johnson (Baby Boy), Jessica Obilom (Traffcked), Terrence Green (“Step Up: High Water”), Tiffany Black (When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story), former Danity Kane member D. Woods, and R&B singer, Shanice.

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Spotlight Screening

Bedlam

Presented by ITVS
Directed By: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD
Date: Saturday, Feb 15 @ 5:30p

Haunted by the death of a mentally ill sister, psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg takes on the role of filmmaker to examine a national health crisis. Bedlam follows the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions. Impossible to mask when untreated, their symptoms shove them into the path of police officers, ER doctors and nurses, lawyers, and prison guards. Shooting over the course of five years, Rosenberg takes us inside Los Angeles County’s overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psych ER, a nearby jail warehousing thousands of psychiatric patients, and the homes — and homeless encampments — of people suffering from severe mental illness, where silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

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Join Independent Lens and PBS SoCal for the special Pan African Film and Arts Festival screening of Bedlam. Take an intimate journey into America’s mental health crisis and explore the intersection of criminal justice and mental health.

Moderated by: Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Queen Sugar Actor & Activist

Q & A with: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD, Bedlam Director | Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder | Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, USC Associate Dean for Social Justice | Featuring 1500 Sound Academy


Spotlight Screening

Foster Boy

Directed By: Youssef Delara
Date: Monday, Feb 17 @ 7:30p Tuesday, Feb 18 @ 4:00p

Reluctantly, a big-time corporate litigator becomes a lawyer in a trial in which it is claimed a for-proft foster care agency put a known sex offender into the foster home with Jamal, his young client. Starring Louis Gossett Jr., Shane Paul McGhie, Michael Beach

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Spotlight Screening

Friend Request

Directed By: Roger M. Bobb
Date: Saturday, Feb 15 @ 5:45p

A successful family man is seduced by an ex-girlfriend who is out for revenge for a past wrongdoing. Starring Vicky Jeudy, Tosin Morohunfola, Renellè Nicole

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Spotlight Screening

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Directed By: Jacoba Atlas
Date: Thursday, Feb 13 @ 6:35p Monday, Feb 17 @ 1:00p Friday, Feb 21 @ 9:50p

An indictment of the criminalization and miseducation of African American girls that has led to their alarming high school dropout rate and increase into the juvenile justice system.

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Spotlight Screening

Knuckle City

Directed By: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Date: Wednesday, Feb 19 @ 7:05p Sunday, Feb 23 @ 9:20p

An aging, womanizing, professional boxer and his career-criminal brother take one last shot at success and get more than they’ve bargained for.

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Spotlight Screening

Lazarus

Directed By: R.L. Scott
Date: Friday, Feb 21 @ 9:35p Sunday, Feb 23 @ 1:00p

A super powered vigilante fights an organization to free a city from darkness. Stars Sean Riggs and Mya.

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Spotlight Screening

My Friend Fela

Directed By: Joel Zito Araújo
Date: Sunday, Feb 16 @ 7:15p Friday, Feb 21 @ 6:40p Sunday, Feb 23 @ 2:00p

Vivid and de-mystifed presentation of the Pan-Africanist musical rebel and legend, Fela Kuti, who represented the essential opposition element in Nigeria, yet still managed to define the explosive afrobeat style. Great soundtrack! Features Sandra Iszadore.

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Spotlight Screening

One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Directed By: Jodi Gomes
Date: Saturday, Feb 15 @ 7:00p Monday, Feb 17@4:00p

In 2009, thirty-five Atlanta teachers were indicted for test cheating, 12 went to trial and 11 were found guilty on RICO charges, which are typically reserved for the mafa and drug lords. This is their story.

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Spotlight Screening

Queen Sono

Presented by Netflix
Directed By: Yebogo Malote & Kagiso Lediga
Date: Thursday, Feb 20 @ 7:40p

A secret agent fights crime while dealing with crises in her personal life. Stars Pearl Thusi.

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Spotlight Screening

The Cuban

Directed By: Sergio Navarretta
Date: Friday, Feb 14 @ 6:50p Sunday, Feb 16 @ 2:25p Thursday, Feb 20 @ 1:05p

When Mina, a young Afghan immigrant, gets her frst job in a nursing home, an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever. Stars Louis Gossett, Jr. and Ana Golja.

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