On Monday, February 20, audiences at New Voices in Black Cinema Festival will get an intimate look at the struggles of youth in four short films with black male protagonists, all under the age of 16.
Called ‘Growing Pains,’ the screening is followed by a panel with the filmmakers and leading voices in the discussion on health, education, and public policy issues affecting black youth.
The program features a few filmmakers we’ve written about previously, including BAFTA-nominee Rungano Nyoni, Lena Waithe, Nicole Franklin and Kristina Thomas. The latter three will be joined on the panel by filmmaker Kobie Brown (From Fatherless to Fatherhood). Noted youth advocate and mentor Rev. Alfonso Wyatt also sits on the panel, which is moderated by Marcus Littles of HeyLittleBrother.org.
The event happens at 4:30pm on Monday, Feb. 20 (President’s Day) at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY. For more details/tickets, visit BAM.org.
Profiles of each of the films can be found below:
Mwansa The Great, directed by Rungano Nyoni
Chasing a dream to connect with his father, a young boy makes a superhero’s journey as “Mwansa the Great” Presented by Focus Features Africa First short film program
Big P, directed by Kristina Thomas
Struggling to prove his manhood, an Oakland youth sets out to commit a revenge killing
Little Brother: The Street, directed by Nicole Franklin
An annual series of short films exploring black boys’ expressions of love. In this second chapter of the series, boys growing up on Chicago’s south side explain their thoughts on parents, pressure, decisions and dating
Save Me, directed by Lena Waithe
A young boy searches for the man who once saved his life