Events/Festivals

BHFF Goes Virtual in November Due to COVID-19

The Black Harvest Film Festival, hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, should be starting in August. But, due to COVID-19, the festival will be virtual from November 6 through November 30. The festival, annual since 1994, recognizes independent films of international Black cultures. Director of Programming and cofounder of BHFF Barbara Scharres […]

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Chevolution tells an incomplete story of an iconic photo

We’ve all seen the Che photo that half of our high school classmates wore on their shirts, but not many of us know the artistic and political history of this iconic image. Documentarian Trisha Ziff illuminates the story of how a casual photo became an international symbol of revolution. (GPG: 4/5) Review by Contributing Editor […]

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The Vow From Hiroshima tells a global story from the first person

The horrors of Hiroshima come to life from the first person in eyewitness testimony from a survivor, along with the discoveries of a filmmaker trying to uncover her family’s history with the disaster. Mitchie Takeuchi goes on a journey with us in this documentary, while forging a strong bond with international nuclear disarmament activist and […]

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Dynamic Duos of Dames: A Celebration of the Work of Susanna Fogel

Dynamic Duos of Dames: A Celebration of the Work of Susanna Fogel Susanna Fogel is a wonderful screenwriter and director, probably best known for her most recent film, Booksmart, a comedy directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Beanie Feldstein and Katelyn Dever, nominated for a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, and for the Writers Guild […]

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Night Catches Us is prevalent to Black Lives Matter Movement

Director/writer Tanya Hamilton creates a dynamic and prevalent film about the plight of Black people in America. Night Catches Us takes place during the 1970s Black Power era, Marcus Washington (Anthony Mackie) returns home to his neighborhood in Philadelphia. Cops harass the residents. In this all-Black environment, there is immense tension. He reunites with an […]

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Peier “Tracy” Shen wishes Truffaut was still around to tell us everything is okay

“As a director, you need to explain your ideas to like fifty people, and you have to somehow be consistent. You share a lot.”

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