Honolulu African American Film Festival

Honolulu African American Film Festival The Honolulu African American Film Festival takes place every February at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre.
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The Honolulu African American Film Festival presents films each February that help to eliminate this imbalance. The Honolulu African American Film Festival takes place every February at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu's only art house theater and premier platform for independent and international film in Hawai‘i. Our mission is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora. Our film festival is a month-long event that showcases a diverse collection of films from around the world - all reinforcing positive images and dispelling negative stereotypes. Our six-member committee works closely with Museum film curator Abigal Algar to bring together many diverse cultures and lifestyles of Hawaii, and initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. The Honolulu African American Film Festival provides a platform for Black filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to present their art. Emerging talents and established artists are able to contribute to the cinematic legacy of African Americans. We accept submissions from filmmakers around the world who are of African descent, as well as others, who cinematically represent the African Diaspora. If interested contact Abbie Algar at [email protected].

02/16/2020

As always we are SOLD OUT for opening night. Be sure not to miss any of the other films that will be screening throughout our two-week run! Opening Night: Tribute to Toni Morrison Feb 15; Selah and the Spades Feb 16 + 22; Waves Feb 16; Clemency; Feb 20 + 23; Always in Season Feb 21 + 23; Chèche Lavi Feb 23; Sprinter Feb 27 + 28; The Burial of Kojo Feb 29; The Citizen Feb 29; Marighella Feb 29; The Last Tree Mar 1.
See lineup and purchase tickets here:
https://honolulumuseum.org/18395-honolulu_african_american_…

Don’t miss the groundbreaking exhibition "30 Americans," featuring works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African American cultural history. The film festival includes special programming in conjunction with "30 Americans."

Soul food, R&B music, great conversations, and a film to inspire, "Toni Morrison: The  Pieces I Am" - donʻt miss the pre...
02/10/2020
Honolulu Museum of Art | Opening Night + Toni Morrison - Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:00PM

Soul food, R&B music, great conversations, and a film to inspire, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" - donʻt miss the premier of the 9th Annual Honolulu African American Film Festival! Tix are selling out so get yours now, only 20 seats left!
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02/02/2020

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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, WE ARE SELLING OUT FAST!
02/02/2020

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, WE ARE SELLING OUT FAST!

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, WE ARE SELLING OUT!The HONOLULU AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL returns for...
01/29/2020

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, WE ARE SELLING OUT!
The HONOLULU AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL returns for its ninth installment with a selection of films that highlight the diversity of experiences across the African diaspora.
Opening Night: Tribute to Toni Morrison Feb 15; Selah and the Spades Feb 16 + 22; Waves Feb 16; Clemency; Feb 20 + 23; Always in Season Feb 21 + 23; Chèche Lavi Feb 23; Sprinter Feb 27 + 28; The Burial of Kojo Feb 29; The Citizen Feb 29; Marighella Feb 29; The Last Tree Mar 1.
See lineup and purchase tickets here:
https://honolulumuseum.org/18395-honolulu_african_american_film_festival_2020

Don’t miss the groundbreaking exhibition "30 Americans," featuring works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African American cultural history. The film festival includes special programming in conjunction with "30 Americans."

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01/29/2020

Honolulu Museum of Art

Experience the best in new Black cinema at the 9th Annual Honolulu African American Film Festival, Feb 15 to Mar 1. The festival is dedicated to presenting powerful cinema by and about people of African descent, with a selection of films that highlight the diversity of experiences across the African diaspora. This year’s dynamic programming was created with the guidance of the Honolulu African American Film Festival Committee in celebration of Black History Month. Explore the full film schedule at bit.ly/HAAFF2020.

The festival opens February 15 with a reception and tribute event honoring the late literary titan Toni Morrison, along with a screening of "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," an artful and intimate meditation on her life and works. Visit bit.ly/ToniMorrisonHoMA for more details and tickets.

The film festival includes special programming in conjunction with HoMA’s highly-anticipated exhibition, “30 Americans”, opening Feb 22. Don’t miss the groundbreaking exhibition featuring works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African American cultural history. Visit bit.ly/30AmericansHoMA to learn more.

#HAAFF2020 #30Americans

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Get your tickets NOW for the Honolulu African American Film Festival opening reception on February 15th. It always sells...
01/21/2020

Get your tickets NOW for the Honolulu African American Film Festival opening reception on February 15th. It always sells out fast!

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01/21/2020

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Congratulations to Nicole London for her movie soundtrack being nominated for a Grammy. We at the Honolulu African Ameri...
11/22/2019

Congratulations to Nicole London for her movie soundtrack being nominated for a Grammy. We at the Honolulu African American Film Festival were so proud to screen the premier of Birth of the Cool ANYWHERE!

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11/01/2019

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WATCH THIS SPACE!
11/01/2019

WATCH THIS SPACE!

04/04/2019

The 2019 Honolulu Africa American Film Festival was a huge success! Mahalo to all who attended our week-long film offering with lively panel discussions. Take a peek at our sold out opening night reception. Donʻt miss our 2020 February film festival, and make sure to get your tickets early. We sold out fast! Mahalo to Lauren Bongco for filming.

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02/23/2019

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For the closing night of the Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019 2/24 at 7pm, celebrate the Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins’ (2017 Oscar winner "Moonlight") cinematic portrayal of James Baldwin’s "If Beale Street Could Talk." The film has received numerous accolades and nominations this year, including Best Supporting Actress by Regina King at the upcoming Academy Awards. https://bit.ly/2EkM0wl

I’ll be there! How about you?
02/23/2019

I’ll be there! How about you?

For the closing night of the Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019 2/24 at 7pm, celebrate the Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins’ (2017 Oscar winner "Moonlight") cinematic portrayal of James Baldwin’s "If Beale Street Could Talk." The film has received numerous accolades and nominations this year, including Best Supporting Actress by Regina King at the upcoming Academy Awards. https://bit.ly/2EkM0wl

Closing Night!
02/23/2019

Closing Night!

For the closing night of the Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019 2/24 at 7pm, celebrate the Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins’ (2017 Oscar winner "Moonlight") cinematic portrayal of James Baldwin’s "If Beale Street Could Talk." The film has received numerous accolades and nominations this year, including Best Supporting Actress by Regina King at the upcoming Academy Awards. https://bit.ly/2EkM0wl

Opening Night is SOLD OUT! There is a week worth of other great films so go to the Museum website for tickets and schedu...
02/12/2019
Honolulu Museum of Art » Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019

Opening Night is SOLD OUT! There is a week worth of other great films so go to the Museum website for tickets and schedule. Mahalo for your support!
http://honolulumuseum.org/17508-honolulu_african_american_film_festival_2019

The Honolulu African-American Film Festival celebrates Black History Month with some of the best of black cinema from the United States and beyond. From honoring iconic figures in black history to celebrating black love in all its forms, the festival is dedicated to promoting cinema by and about peo...

02/12/2019

The Honolulu African-American Film Festival celebrates Black History Month is
SOLD OUT—Opening night reception: Saturday, Feb 16 • 6-7:30pm"

Internationally acclaimed Brownman Ali is bringing will be playing an all-Miles Davis repertoire at the Gala reception o...
02/08/2019
BROWNMAN - acclaimed Trinidadian born, NYC schooled, Toronto based trumpet player/composer

Internationally acclaimed Brownman Ali is bringing will be playing an all-Miles Davis repertoire at the Gala reception of the 8th Annual Honolulu African American Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre on February 16th. Those of us who have met him already know how remarkable he is - he burns up the trumpet, is a delightful entertainer, and an amazing talent. We are so excited heʻs here in Hawaii with us!

Hereʻs what you should know about him:
Brooklyn/Toronto jazz trumpet player and 2x National Jazz Award winner BROWNMAN ALI is a visiting artist to Honolulu with a busy touring schedule. We are honored to announced that he will perform for Birth Of The Cool's pre-show reception where he'll play from 6pm to 7pm, doing a deep dive into much of the work that made Miles a global phenomenon, speaking between pieces on Miles' career and influence both to himself as a trumpet player, his impact on jazz as a whole. Brownman was born in Trinidad, schooled in New York, and now splits his time between Toronto and New York where he's heralded by the New York Village Voice as "Canada's preeminent jazz trumpet player," and called "one of the greatest interpreters of Miles Davis' music". www.Brownman.com for more on this dynamic performer!

BROWNMAN AKOUSTIC TRIO - Hawaii Edition
(performing the music of Miles Davis)
:: Brownman Ali - trumpet
:: Gilbert Batangan - bass
:: Ian Wacksman - drums

Tickets going fast, Gala reception almost sold out, film tix still available. Donʻt miss the 8th Annual African American...
02/07/2019

Tickets going fast, Gala reception almost sold out, film tix still available. Donʻt miss the 8th Annual African American Film Festival!

We are so excited to be able to show Stanley Nelsonʻs remarkable new film, "Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool"
02/01/2019

We are so excited to be able to show Stanley Nelsonʻs remarkable new film, "Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool"

"Stanley Nelson has had more documentaries play at Sundance than anyone else, and he's back in 2019" - Los Angeles Times (https://buff.ly/2RwDddO)

Thank you Kenny Turan for the amazing review! #ChangingTheStory at #Sundance2019

"He is not a man who has lacked for recognition. He has won a MacArthur “genius” grant and received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama. His new work, “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” is his 10th at Sundance, a record for documentary filmmakers."

01/31/2019
If Beale Street Could Talk movie trailer

If Beale Street Could Talk part of the Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019

For the closing night of the Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019, celebrate the Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins’ cinematic portrayal of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

The Honolulu African-American Film Festival closes the festival by celebrating the film’s portrayal of black love in its many forms. The film has received numerous accolades and nominations this year, including winning Best Supporting Actress by Regina King at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
Directed by Barry Jenkins. USA. 2019. 117 min

01/31/2019
LIYANA film trailer

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Liyana is part of Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2019.

Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft an original fairy tale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children's real and imagined worlds converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell—in fiction and in their own lives. This inspiring tale of perseverance is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power of storytelling.

Directed by Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp. Executive Producer Thandie Newton. USA. 2018. 77 mins.

01/31/2019
21 and Done film trailer

Directed by Kiara C. Jones. USA. 2018. 60 min.�Kiara C. Jones, director of the narrative romance Christmas Wedding Baby, returns to the Honolulu African-American Film Festival to present a powerful and eye-opening look at the challenges youth face in the foster care system. Twenty-one is a celebrated age for many young Americans, but if you’re aging out of the foster care system, the countdown can feel more like a ticking timebomb. What should be an age for celebrating adulthood becomes a time of anxiety, desperation and danger for many of these young adults. Meet current and former foster youth facing these unique challenges and the organizations on the front lines battling for their futures.
Join us for a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Kiara C. Jones and local professionals working with youth in the foster care system. Full list of panelists to be announced soon.

01/31/2019
VAYA film trailer

Directed by Akin Omotoso. South Africa. 2016. 115 mins. Zulu with English subtitles.�Handpicked by Ava DuVernay and a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Berlinale official selection, VAYA pays homage to the Tsotsitaal namesake meaning “to go." VAYA chronicles the innocence lost by three young South Africans who journey away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. Stirring and suspenseful, VAYA culminates in an explosive moment based on real accounts. Omotoso’s collaboration with first-time feature cinematographer Kabelo Thathe pairs stunning aerial shots with fast-paced images in Johannesburg to intertwine the stories of strangers struggling to survive.

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09/26/2018
An Evening with Ta Nehisi Coates
09/12/2018

An Evening with Ta Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates with the Honolulu African American Film Festival committee: Ethan Caldwell, Marsha McFadden, Tadia Rice...
09/11/2018

Ta-Nehisi Coates with the Honolulu African American Film Festival committee: Ethan Caldwell, Marsha McFadden, Tadia Rice, Sharon Yarbrough, Akiemi Glenn, Sandra Simms, Daphne Barbee-Wooten, Taylour Chang, and John Nichols. (Photo credit: Shuzo Uemoto)

The Honolulu African American Film Festival Committee with our guest, American author, journalist, comic book writer, an...
09/06/2018

The Honolulu African American Film Festival Committee with our guest, American author, journalist, comic book writer, and educator, Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation at the Doris Duke Theatre. We close out our 2018 Honolulu African American Film Festival Black August, and hope to see our wonderful supporters and new audience in February 2019. Mahalo to all!

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The history of the Honolulu African American Film Festival is one which every charter member is proud. In 2010 the former Executive Director of the museum initiated the festival in response to concerns from Honolulu's Black community that the Museum lacked art by local or national African American artists. We are forever grateful to civil rights activist Faye Kennedy and noted artist John Nichols for their willingness to tackle race issues in Hawaii.

The Duke Theatre curator Gina Caruso created a committee to initiate a film festival whose mission then, as it remains today, is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora. The committee itself is comprised of amazing shakers and movers on Oahu: Ethan Caldwell, Akiemi Glenn, Marsha McFadden, John Nichols, Sandra Simms, Dame Tadia Rice, Daphne Barbee Wooten, and Sharon Yarbrough.

The Honolulu African American Film Festivals showcase a diverse collection of films from around the world - all reinforcing positive images and dispelling negative stereotypes, providing a platform for Black filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to present their art. Emerging talents and established artists are able to contribute to the cinematic legacy of African Americans.

Every year we have sold out our premier galas, and every year we have another remarkable line-up of great films that entertain, inform, and educate the public about people, communities, and issues of importance to not only the black community but the greater world. Whether the films, and sometimes live theatre or speakers are American or from other countries, all content is relevant to the often universal stories that impact all people everywhere.

The Honolulu African American Film Festival provides a platform for Black filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to present their art. Emerging talents and established artists are able to contribute to the cinematic legacy of African Americans. We accept submissions from filmmakers around the world who are of African descent, as well as others, who cinematically represent the African Diaspora. If interested contact Taylour Chang at [email protected]

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