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Harlem International Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night films for 10th Anniversary Celebration

Harlem International Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night films for 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) announces its 10th Anniversary September 9-13 co-sponsored by the Harlem Community Development Corporation and featuring MIST Harlem as its primary 2015 theatrical venue.

Opening this year’s edition, on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 PM is the award-winning “Stories of Our Lives (the 2015 Berlinale Teddy Special Jury Award winner), the anthology film which dramatizes 5 true stories of LGBT life in Kenya, presented by the collective known as The Nest. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and a VIP after-party hosted by The Cecil.

And closing the festival this year will be Melissa Donovan’s inspirational multiple award-winning documentary “Zemene” which follows a spirited 10-year old Ethiopian girl, Zemenework (Zemene), in a fight to survive her life-threatening condition of Kyphosis, a severe curvature of the spine. The film recently screened at, and has been selected to be added to the Library of Congress.

Other announced highlights for this year’s festival include the East Coast Premiere of the award-winning feature film “America is Still the Place,” a work of historic fiction, based on the unbelievable true story of Charlie Walker, the black man behind the clean up of one of the biggest oil spills in US history. The film stars Mike Colter, star of Marvel’s upcoming new Netflix series, “Luke Cage.” He will be present, with the director of the film, Patrick Gilles, for a post-screening Q&A. The festival’s remaining lineup will be announced in coming days.

For more information, visit www.HarlemFilmFestival.org.

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