Highlights of the 28th Black Harvest Film Festival: Local premieres and party hits fill outstanding program | Festivals and awards

Read an interview with director Nikyatu Jusu here.

The inspection” (November 5Th)

“We meet French almost a decade after being thrown out of his mother’s (Gabrielle Union) house when he was 16 and came out. He is homeless now, estranged from his mother in New Jersey. He goes to her to get his birth certificate, which he needs to join the Marines. He’s decided that this is the place to go to give his life meaning, and I liked that Bratton doesn’t look down on this decision—he made it after all. Yes, Ellis didn’t have to risk his life as a soldier to find purpose, but Bratton and Pope allow us to understand how he got to this point in a way that doesn’t feel reductive or manipulative.” – Brian Tallerico

The African Desperate” (12th NovemberTh)

Martine Syms has a unique voice that flows with creativity. Using his own background as an artist, Syms has taken the artistic academia and whiplash of leaving the comfort of school and churned it into a jungle juice of weed, ketamine and self-discovery.” – Peyton Robinson

RESTORATION AND ANNIVERSARY SHOWS:

Don’t miss restored versions of “Buck and the Preacher” and “Cooley High,” neither of which were reviewed by Roger, along with these two undeniable Spike Lee classics:

Malcolm X” (November 19Th of 35 mm!)

“Going into ‘Malcolm X,’ I expected an angrier film than Spike Lee has made. This film is not an assault, but an explanation, and it’s not exclusive; it’s consciously addressing all races in its audience. White people walking into the film may expect to encounter a Malcolm X who will attack them, but they will find a Malcolm X whose experiences and motives make him understandable and ultimately heroic. Reasonable viewers are likely to conclude that having gone through similar experiences, they may also have arrived at the same place.” – Roger Ebert

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