@AFFRM is the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement. The collective, founded by acclaimed filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, works to empower black independent filmmakers with collaborative, simultaneous theatrical distribution in multiple markets.
“In essence, what we’re doing is empowering ourselves by distributing our own images. There are robust black film organizations all over the country. Our goal was to organize ourselves into a releasing entity, and our mission is to support black cinema in a very specific way – by offering a handful of black indies a theatrical release… We simply want to offer African-Americans quality black films, while at the same time create a safe haven for filmmakers of color to share their stories, their way.”
Some of the @AFFRM film titles that caught my attention (RSS readers click here to view film trailers ):
A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror.
The story of a young man surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. I watched this film at last year's Film Africa festival and it is an aesthetic beauty.
Passion, politics and poverty collide as this stunning love story unfolds against a backdrop of political turmoil in Jamaica.
Maye is a success. Hot career. Hot boyfriend. But when her world is turned upside down by tragedy, she must struggle to keep her balance.
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