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Rewind: 'Best of' Film Series

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

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As part of the Schomburg's rich history of collecting and preserving cinema of or featuring black talent across the African diaspora, we are thrilled to partners with the Blackstar Film Festival, African Film Festival, Inc., and UrbanWorld Film Festival, as we spotlight a selection of narratives from each of these festivals that express diverse global black experiences by emerging and established independent filmmakers.


April 17: A Moving Image

In a world of uncertainty and flux, where do you stand, what do you believe, and what will you do? These are questions asked internally as well as externally by the self and the world around. An official selection of Blackstar Film Festival’s 2016 program, A Moving Image offers audiences a look into the reality of gentrification, identity, and class among younger and older generations of Brixton. With a narrative that spans across oceans, this film tells the story of communities near and far experiencing a removal, not only from home, but from culture. When a young woman returns home after years away, she embarks on a creative mission to document the changes taking place around her. Uniquely created, filmmaker Shola Amoo fills the gap between documentary and fiction as he takes his viewers through dynamic images and provocative sounds immersing us into a reality reflective of our own.

April 18: Tanna

An Academy Award-nominated drama, Tanna explores the distance travelled and trials endured for the sake of love and independence in South Pacific Tanna, Vanuatu. Performed entirely by the Yakel people, two lovers leave their homes in order to live the life they desire against their families and heritage. Inspired by true events, filmmakers Martin Butler and Bentley Dean collaborated with the Yakel people to take audiences on a historically colorful adventure told through an array of vibrant naturalistic images. Featured in the African Film Festival’s 2016 program, Tanna brings us closer to a world presumably far from our own but creates a bond surrounded by tragedy and love.

Following the screening will be a discussion featuring keynote speaker H. E. Robert Van Lierop (former Ambassador of Vanuatu to the United Nations, and the first chair of the Alliance of Small Island States), and moderated by Malika Lee Whitney (Artistic Director of Pickney Productions, a Harlem based intergenerational consortium of artists and activists).

April 19: [Short Films Program] Sugar, The Suit, Samaria, and Balcony

From accepting your reality, to having a physical grasp over the “presumed” properties of life, these four Urbanworld Film Festival short stories take audiences on a journey through, revealing the decisions made and battles endured in order to come to terms with truth. From a mother and daughter battling time and memory, to a husband attempting to uphold his marital vows after catching his wife in an affair, Sugar and The Suit take us on a journey of dehumanization after losing what we believe to possess. As the night continues we enter into the inevitable question one has to make when shaping their reality: Is this real or not? After a horrific hurricane leaves a business woman homeless, and a young girl must open her closed mind to a culture outside of her own, Samaria and The Balcony depict the battle between being in denial while surrounded by the truth and coming to terms with your circumstances.

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For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.


Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Ayofemi Kirby at

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

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