As Told By Us – Digital Film Festival
“As Told By Us,” is a dynamic new visual experience dedicated to celebrating multi-faceted Black narratives, presented by platforms Afriquette and For Africans By Africans (FABA) in partnership with Melanin Unscripted (MU).
In response to the need for powerful representation of Black people globally, “As Told By Us” pieces together the works of over 20 Black artists, filmmakers and storytellers from across the world, to create a visual anthology film that reflects our multiplicity.
The screening will take place on October 16th and 18th, 2020 consisting of two volume compilations curated by Afriquette, FABA, and MU, featuring the works of both emerging and established Black creators. The line-up includes the work of prominent and rising directors like Akinola Davies Jr. and Black Is King co-director Dafe Oboro as well as award winning short films like Bone Shaker by Ghanaian filmmaker Nuotama Bodomo, Besida by Nigerian twin filmmakers Chuko and Arie Esiri, Rise in Light by Amarachi Nwosu and Artist, Act of Love by Ghanaian filmmaker Kuukua Eshun, and many more. Afriquette and FABA have also teamed up with Melanin Unscripted (MU) to further boost the program’s social impact through its Rise In Light initiative which promotes equal access to vital resources for Black youth through initiatives surrounding artists for relief.
“As Told By Us” showcases engaging, cross-cultural perspectives with the purpose of allowing viewers to meditate on the vastness of Black identity, while reimagining better realities for Black people globally. “With recent events affecting our communities across the world, we’re using this opportunity to support causes that advance Black wellness and self-determination,” says Dara Oke, founder of Afriquette. In addition to Rise In Light, a portion of the proceeds from the event (40% total) will go towards WARIF NG, Muse 360, and Kwanda, other nonprofits supporting Black communities.
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