The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture with new partner, Centric, A BET Network present the 17th annual event. Founded by African Voices Co – founder, Carolyn A. Butts, the film festival will take place October 25 to 26 at the Long Island University – Brooklyn,  1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201.  Since 1997 the film festival has been devoted to providing support to films produced, written, directed and/or  starring women of color.  This weekend 30 films will hit the festival screens for all to enjoy including workshops, panel discussions ending Sunday with an Award ceremony hosted by Richelle Carey (anchor at Al Jazeera America ), honoring Mable Haddock (NBPC), Mahen Boneti (African Film Festival, Inc.) and Margot B. (Boardwalk Empire). For the first time ever, Reel Sisters and CINEMATIQ Magazine will present inSHORT: Web Series 2.0, a showcase of short form web content featuring episodes from An African City, Dear Jesus and Good Girls curated by Angel Brown (Publisher of CINEMATIQ magazine).  Other festival highlights includes:

OCT. 25: Contamination, The Summer of Gods, Danger Word, Afraid of Dark, Jelly Smoke, The New Black and many more films.

OCT. 25, 7:35 PM: Half of a Yellow Sun with Q&A hosted by Moikgantsi Kgama (founder of Imagenation Cinema Foundation), Prominent African woman writers discuss film and novel.

OCT. 25, 1 PM: CINEMATIQ Magazine presents inSHORT: Web Series 2.0 featuring episodes from An African City, Dear Jesus and Good Girls

OCT. 25: Lecture Series Panel: Black Comediennes Stand Up & Speak Out!

OCT. 26: Hands to Sky, Catch Them & They’re Yours, Elza, You’re Dead to Me and Homegoings.

OCT. 26 6 PM: Awards ceremony. Honorees: Mable Haddock (NBPC), Mahen Boneti (African Film Festival, Inc.) and Margot B. (Boardwalk Empire)

Reel Sisters is supported, in part, by Councilmember Jumaane Williams, 45 C.D., Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, 35 C.D., the National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works), the New York State Council on the Arts, Centric, Brooklyn Arts Council, LIU Brooklyn and New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Media sponsors include Akila Worksongs, Imagination Cinema Foundation, CINEMATIQ Magazine, SYM-Magazine and The Network Journal.

On Sunday, October 26, 6 pm, Centric will join Reel Sisters in presenting awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography Best Short, Best Experimental and the Reel Sisters Spirit Award. The awards ceremony will be held at LIU’s Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY (Flatbush Ave. bet. DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.) ending with performances by SAHR + RICARDO’s FELA aKUsTIc.

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