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African American Film Fest Kicks Off In Durham

Photo of movie cover for 'Black Beach/White Beach'
Southern Documentary Fund

One of the longest running African American film festivals in the country gets underway this weekend in Durham.

The Hayti Heritage Film Festival is entering its 24th year, and organizers say it is one of the biggest.  A main attraction this year is “Black Beach, White Beach,” directed by Ricky Kelly of Durham. One of the characters in the documentary describes the "biker" scene in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this way.

“There are two events in Myrtle Beach, Harley Week and there is Black Bike Week. One event is welcomed and one event was not welcomed.”

African and African American films from as far away as Tanzania and as close as Durham will be featured this weekend. A critically acclaimed film being presented is “Killer of Sheep,” by Charles Burnett. It focuses on the life of a slaughterhouse worker and the emotional relationship with his family.

“Killer of Sheep” has been declared a national treasure by the Library of Congress.

Other films at the Hayti festival include “The Tale of Four,” by Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe and "See You Yesterday," by Stefon Bristol.

"We believe in the power of images and image-makers to transform communities," said Lana Garland, director and curator of the Hayti Film Festival and the program director for the Southern Documentary Fund. She says communities can be transformed, "by providing a platform for exhibition for these artists who oftentimes struggle to get film distribution."

The Hayti festival also includes a master class for aspiring filmmakers. Events run through Saturday.

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
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