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“Black Love Through a Black Lens” Short Films Program

Black History Month

This popular short films program centers accurate representations of loving, yet complicated Black familial and intimate partner relationships.

Shorts include:

FRIENDZONE L.A. (2:49, dir. Angel Kristi Williams)--Best friends explore a day in LA — but he’s quietly in love with her.


GALES (16:00, dirs. Ingred Prince and Tshay)--Nurse Indigo needs shift coverage to attend a steamy weekend. How far will she go to achieve the much-needed work-life balance?


PURE (12:28, dir. Natalie Jasmine Harris) On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.


THINGS AT REST (14:25, dir. Desirae Lee) A celebratory reimagining of the black aesthetic inspired by matriarchs of classic African-American literature.


REASONS (22:48, dir. Yvette Pabon) A 1950s mother struggles with the stigma of being single and feeling unworthy of true love.


PINK AND BLUE (13:02, dir. Carmen LoBue)--After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a Trans couple of color wrestles with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise their child in a binary world.


POSTMATE (7:22, dir. Grasie Mercedes) A young, bored housewife tries to find companionship on a food delivery app to the utter dismay of her loving yet aloof husband.

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