Watch indie films celebrating the African diaspora during second annual BlackStar Film Festival

Celebrate the works of emerging Black filmmakers during the second annual BlackStar Film Festival from Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4.

The film festival will spotlight cinematography from the African diaspora with 75 feature films, short films and music videos that encompass various genres, from profound dramas to inspiring documentaries.

Among the many screenings is a special presentation of Victoria Mahoney’s coming-of-age film Yelling to the Sky, which will precede a Q&A session featuring composer Zakee Kuduro and the film’s star (and The Roots’ frontman) Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.

Most of the films will be shown at the International House in University City, though there will also be screenings at the Barnes Foundation, Drexel University, Fork restaurant, Johnny Brenda’s and Warmdaddy’s.

The film festival, also known as the "black Sundance" will honor the Howard University Film Program and include discussion panels, live music, receptions and a screenplay competition.

Tickets for individual screenings start at $10 and movie-goers may also purchase an all-festival pass to enjoy all the films during the four days.

International House, 3701 Chestnut St.; Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut Sts.; The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Fork restaurant, 306 Market St.; Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.; Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Cost: $10, general admission; $7, students and seniors; $125 all-festival pass
More info and full festival lineup here

Continue Reading