National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is expanding their screenings beyond the summer festival. NBAF is partnering with Fulton County Arts & Culture’s Southwest Arts Center to present a film series this fall. Fall for Film is a weekend of film at Southwest Arts Center, September 30 – October 2, 2011, curated by Leatrice Ellzy.
Three days, seven films, so many stories, so many voices. This series features documentaries, family films an da surprise or two that can’t be missed. Film Highlights:
Friday, September 30, 2011
7:30 – 9:30 PM
‘The First Grader’
In a small remote mountain-top primary school in the the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance to receive free education promised by the Kenyan Government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Noon – 1:30 PM
Africa United (2010/Adventure/ UK/88 minutes
The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3,000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Using a sack load of ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map) our pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of a dream.
2:00 – 3:40 PM
Louder Than a Bomb (2010/Documentary/US/99 minutes)
Hailed as “one of the most inspiring and exhilarating documentaries in years” (Steve Pond, The Wrap), Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest poetry slam.
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Daughters of the Wind (2005/Drama/Brazil/84 minutes)
With a strong assist from the largest roster of Black thespians in Brazilian film history, documentary veteran Joel Zito Araujo’s Daughters of the Wind playfully applies the dramatic conventions of telenovelas to a multigenerational saga of sibling jealousies and family schisms.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Africa Unite (2008/Documentary/US/92 minutes)
“AFRICA UNITE” is a singular and masterfully executed film by Stephanie Black that is at once concert tribute, Marley family travelogue, and humanitarian documentary, igniting the screen with the spirit of world-renowned reggae icon Bob Marley in its every frame. AThe film includes rare footage of the legendary reggae icon Bob Marley.
Creatively Speaking: A Conversation with Ky-Mani Marley
Immediately following the screening of “Africa Unite”, NBAF presents a conversation with Grammy-nominated reggae artist and son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley for a discussion of his father’s musical and political legacy.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students with valid identification and may be purchased online at NABF.