Providence Journal Article: First R.I. Black Film Festival debuts

Film and social issues will intersect at the three-day event, which begins Saturday.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Black Film Festival, whose motto is “where social justice and cinema take a seat,” debuts in Providence this weekend.

The festival, presented by Toby Arch Communications in partnership with AS220, will run Saturday, April 14, through Monday, April 16, and includes films, panels and discussions at Mount Hope Community Baptist Church, the RISD Museum, Beneficent Meeting House, Cable Car Cinema and Trinity Repertory Company.

“The festival came out of what I’m seeing in the news, what’s happening in Washington, D.C.,” said festival founder and executive director Ann-Allison Clanton. “The medium of film is a great pathway for discussion on social justice.”

Clanton said this is the first black film festival in Rhode Island.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of people of African descent, and women of color, in film,” she said.

Written By Andy Smith
Journal Arts Writer

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