Cinetopia is excited to return to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African History for another festival to present films that align themselves with the Museum’s mission to “open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.”
Founded in 1965, the museum has for over half a century been a leading institution dedicated to the African American experience. Their vision is of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspire everyone toward greater understanding, acceptance and unity!

The Blackness Project

Directed By KOREY GREEN
USA, Documentary, 60 Minutes, English, Not Rated
The Blackness Project is a feature-length documentary film about culture and race from the perspectives of African-Americans and other minorities. The film was inspired by conversations about the “Whiteness Project,” a similar documentary discussing race and the perceived loss of white privilege by white Americans. The main purpose of The Blackness Project is to bridge the gap between white and black Americans with in-depth interviews on race. We have a desire to share voices that may not have been heard, to elevate the power of inclusion and encourage a serious conversation and community led solutions.

Blindspotting

Directed by CARLOS LÓPEZ ESTRADA
USA, 95 Minutes, Comedy/Drama, English, Not Rated
DESCRIPTION: Collin (Tony Award-winner DAVEED DIGGS (Hamilton)) is trying to make it through his final days of probation for an infamous arrest he can’t wait to put behind him. Always by his side is his fast-talking childhood bestie, Miles (RAFAEL CASAL, who co-wrote the script with Diggs), who has a knack for finding trouble. They grew up together in the notoriously rough Oakland, a.k.a. “The Town,” which has become the new trendy place to live in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. But when Collin’s chance for a fresh start is interrupted by a life-changing missed curfew, his friendship with Miles is forced out of its comfortable buddy-comedy existence, and the Bay boys are set on a spiraling collision course with each other. –Sundance Film Festival, 2018

Footprints of Pan-Africanism

Directed by SHIRIKIANA GERIMA
USA, Documentary, 77 Minutes, English, Not Rated
The documentary ­­Footprints of Pan-Africanism revisits the era of Ghana’s emergence into independence when Africans on the continent and in the diaspora participated in building a liberated territory. This movement, rooted in the determination to reassert black people’s humanity and recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism, constituted an essential, indispensable part of the global Pan-African vision for liberation, which in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s ushered in no less than a black political and cultural revolution. Footprints ultimately celebrates the challenges young generations continue to pose to those who have yet to pick up the baton of the great Pan-African dreamers.

Personal Problems

Directed by BILL GUNN
USA, 1980, 165 Minutes, Drama, English, Not Rated
Description: This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer ISHMAEL REED and filmmaker BILL GUNN, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for HAL ASHBY’s The Landlord. Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, it went unseen for many years; the original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber and the film is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades! — Kino Lorber

Showtimes and program guide coming soon!