Global Shorts Forum: Black Voices

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Oct. 28 at 11 a.m.

Global Shorts Forum: Black Voices
Genre: Animation, Black Experience, Comedy, Coming-of-Age, Documentary, Drama, Female Filmmaker, First-Time Filmmaker, Relationships, Social Issues, Southern Stories

Filmmakers open a critical dialogue on the Black experience in the U.S. and around the world.

Films will be accessible for 24 hours after the scheduled start time.

Laundry Day

Directed by Olamma Oparah
USA, 2020, 4 min.
Georgia premiere

When a mother and daughter are at odds, a visitor from their past intervenes to remind them to air their dirty laundry.

The Island

Directed by Aimée Schaefer
USA, 2019, 12 min.
World premiere

When his friend goes missing in the summer of 1989, Jimmy learns that the Island isn’t the only thing that’s changing. Based on true stories from the community of Roosevelt Island, New York.


Directed by Orlando Pinder
USA, 2019, 10 min.
World premiere

After a brutal interaction with police, a young Black father’s search for freedom takes him beyond the limits of the atmosphere.

Watching the Storm

Directed by Sheena D. Carter
USA, 2019, 12 min.

Following the Baltimore Uprising of 2015, African American horologist Steven Richardson returns to his hometown to help foster the city’s youth by cultivating the next generation of watchmakers.

The Sugarcane Man

Directed by Tina Obo and Leroy LeRoux
South Africa, 2020, 5 min.
Georgia premiere

A village boy, Akello, plays his precious kalimba on a dirt road next to a sugarcane field. A strange dog slyly approaches and snatches the instrument, running toward the field. Akello follows it through the field into a hollow beneath a large twisted tree.

American Dream

Directed by Nicolas Polixene and Sylvain Loubet
France, 2019, 20 min.
Georgia premiere

In the middle of Illinois, two Black French brothers accidentally smash into a white cop on the side of the road. What would you do in their place? Run away to preserve your dreams or stay to save your humanity?

My Hero

Directed by Logan Jackson
USA, 2020, 13 min.
Georgia premiere

As last-minute plans for a babysitter fall through, eight-year-old Brandon is left alone to watch his younger brother Mason.

Flowers and Bikes

Directed by Daniel Kayamba
USA, 2020, 15 min.
U.S. premiere

A first date and a stolen bicycle cause the worlds of two sets of teen brothers to collide in unexpected tragedy.

Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad

Directed by Camrus Johnson and Pedro Piccinini
USA, 2019, 5 min.

In this personal story of grief, it’s not only those we look up to but the interactions we deem insignificant that may play a huge part in how we live our lives.


Directed by Samuel Mirpoorian
USA, 2020, 11 min.
Southeast premiere

For Deon “Sonnie” Casey, life has not gone according to plan. Raised by his grandmother after the death of his parents, he is now a single parent himself. Yet despite setbacks, he is determined to provide a better life for his son. Finding solace in competitive weightlifting, Deon pushes onward.

Haven in the Booth

Directed by Leo Pfeifer and Sophie DeGreen
USA, 2020, 20 min.
World premiere

At a hip-hop therapy program in the Bronx, 18-year-old Marc Brooks unravels complex truths about his life through creative expression.

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Oct. 28 at 11 a.m.

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