The Roxbury International Film Festival is entering its 14th year of showcasing the work of filmmakers of color. The festival will run from the 13th until the 17th, with screenings at various locations including the National Center for Afro-American Artists, the MFA and MassArt.
The Festival describes itself as an organization with the mission to “support diverse filmmakers and provide an opportunity for audiences to view the works of these filmmakers, and experience stories often overlooked in mainstream media.”
A look through the schedule provides an incredibly diverse range of options for filmic enrichment, offering everything from classes to family flicks. The closing event is on June 17th at 2:30. The Contradictions of Fair Hope, a film by S. Epatha Merkson and Rockell C. Metcalf, follows the story and struggle of the Fair Hope Benevolent Society—one of the last remaining benevolent societies in America.
Besides The Contradictions of Fair Hope, I’m hoping to catch Color Blind and Roadmap to Apartheid. The former is a short film exploring transracial adoption and how mixed-race families deal with issues of culture and race. The latter is a longer film exploring the comparison between the South African apartheid and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Browse through the schedule and find something (or everything) to attend. The Roxbury International Film Festival is not to be missed.
—Carly, Future Boston Intern