2018 Afrikana Independent Film Festival

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Sorry To Bother You director headlines 2018 Afrikana Independent Film Festival

Boots Riley, writer-director of the summer breakout, indie film hit, Sorry to Bother You, is headlining the third annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival (AIFF) in Richmond, November 29 – December 2, 2018. Tickets are available at https://www.afrikanafilmfestival.org/buy-tickets

Virginia Humanities is once again co-sponsoring the annual festival, which showcases cinematic works from around the world, with a special focus on global Black narratives.  On Saturday, December 1 at 6:15 p.m. at 1708 Gallery, independent journalist Samantha Willis and Justin Reid, director of Virginia Humanities’ African American Programs, will co-moderate a Civil Rights Short Film Showcase and Discussion.

AIFF is a four-day event full of dynamic indie film, live performances, panel discussions, meet & greets, happy hours, workshops and parties.  The festival opens Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at The Valentine Museum, with a performance by Richmond jazz and R&B artist Calvin Presents. Afterward is a screening of the short film Interference, the story of an interracial couple who encounter the aftermath of a fatal incident between a police officer and an African-American man.

At the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art on Friday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m., AIFF will host the Richmond premiere of If Beale Street Could Talk, a film adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins.

On Saturday, December 1, myriad film screenings, panels, workshops and youth programming are scheduled at several venues throughout Richmond’s Arts District.  Oakland, California’s Boots Riley will participate in a Saturday night screening and post-film panel discussion of his dark comedy Sorry to Bother You at the Grace Street Theater at 7:30 p.m.

The full schedule can be found on the festival website.

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