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The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF), celebrating its 40th Anniversary as one of the nation's defining voices on behalf of independent film, opens in Newark with adult screenings beginning on Wednesday, June 25, with a six-week run ending on July 30.

 

Youth Cinema will be held on Mondays at The Newark Public Library starting July 7, and Wednesdays at the Newark Museum starting July 9.

The festival is a showcase for films that focus on the experiences and concerns of contemporary African Americans, as well as an outlet for films about the African-American experience from earlier eras.  The six-week festival is free to the public and provides emerging filmmakers, writers, directors and producers with a high profile outlet for their work.

The festival features the Paul Robeson Awards in 2014, a biennial competition established in 1985.  The Robeson Awards honor the spirit of Paul Robeson—renowned activist, performer and athlete. 


 

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Bank of America OPENING RECEPTION: June 25, 5:30 pm

RSVP required; call 973.596.6550 or rsvp@newarkmuseum.org


2014 line-up coming soon.


2013 Adult Cinema

 

KINSHASA SYMPHONY

Wednesday, June 19, 7 pm – Newark Museum

KINSHASA SYMPHONY
This film by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.  (95 minutes, 2010)


Speaker: Jean Claude Chiyuka, Kinshasa Symphony, and Jacques Lacombe, Music Director, New Jersey Symphony

COSMIC AFRICA

Wednesday, June 26, 7 pm – Newark Museum

COSMIC AFRICA
A co-production by Cosmos Studio, Åland Pictures and Anne Rogers, and directed by Craig and Damon Foster. This film sheds new light on traditional African astronomy and in turn global understanding of the world’s oldest science. (72 minutes, 2002)

Speakers: Derrick H. Pitts, Chief Astronomer, Franklin Institute Science Museum, and Dr. Christa Clarke, Curator of Arts of Africa, Newark Museum

Followed by exhibition tour:  African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

Wednesday, July 10, 7 pm – Newark Museum

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD  
Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl who lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community in the Bayou cut off from the world.  When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, his tough love prepares her for the time when he's no longer there to protect her.  With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. (94 minutes, 2011)

Speaker: Clement A. Price, Ph.D., Professor of History, and Director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Newark)

Standing in the Shadows

 

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Wednesday, July 17, 7 pm – New Jersey Institute of Technology

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
This documentary and performance film tells the Funk Brothers' saga through archival footage and still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, Motown master tracks, and new live performances of Motown classics with the Funk Brothers backing up Chaka Khan, Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne, and Gerald Levert. (108 minutes)

Speaker: Felix Hernandez, Radio Personality & Musicologist
 

SING YOUR SONG

Wednesday, July 24, 7 pm – Newark Museum

SING YOUR SONG
Sing Your Song is an up close look at a great American, Harry Belafonte.  A patriot to the end and a champion for worldwide human rights, Belafonte is one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of the past 60 years. Told from his own point of view, the film charts his life from a boy born in New York and raised in Jamaica, who returns to Harlem in his early teens where he discovers the American Negro Theater and the magic of performing. (104 minutes)
               
Speakers:  Jason L. Pollard, Film Editor, and Bobby Shepard, Director of Photography
 

WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY

Wednesday, July 31, 7 pm – CityPlex 12 Newark

WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY
The Ames' seem to have built the perfect life until their six-year-old daughter is kidnapped.  Over the course of seven days, they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart.  Directed by Neema Barnette. (101 minutes)
               
Speaker: Reed R. McCants, Actor/Filmmaker
 

 

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