From Friday, February 24 through Sunday the 26th, one of the most vibrant film festivals in the city will be screening new movies, hosting workshops and panels, and generally making its presence felt. The 7th Annual Halifax Black Film Festival is part of a network of film festivals across the country providing a platform for Black filmmakers — through features, short films, and documentaries — to get their work shown, to increase awareness, and cinematic representation. The in-person events take place at Cineplex Park Lane and at the Halifax Central Library.
The opening night film is the Irish immigration drama, Aisha, starring Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor.
A few of the panels that caught my eye include Can Writers Thrive Outside The Big Cities, Queer Black Representation in Media and the Arts, and Why Racialized Casting Directors Are Key To Boosting Representation On Screen.
The closing night film on Sunday is Raised Up West Side, a documentary about the challenges facing African Americans in a struggling Chicago neighbourhood.
For the full schedule of films and events, as well as tickets for in-person and on-line screenings, visit halifaxblackfilm.com.