Festival Films

African American Experience

Each year AFF proudly presents the African American Experience Showcase featuring some of the most topical issues from new or just-released films. Inspirational and provocative films that exemplify black life in America will be screened and discussed providing a glimpse into the changing face of the African American experience today. Tolerance and understanding of often unheard perspectives can be appreciated by all who choose to participate in this film experience.
Director:
Anne Flatte, Marlon Johnson
Screenwriter(s):
Producer(s):
Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Marlon Johnson
Principal Cast:
Ed Hamilton, Imani Keith, Jailen Leavell
River City Drumbeat

Black arts matter is the pulsating melody in this beautiful story about the River City Drum Corps founded by “Nardie” White and his late wife, Zambia Nkrumah. They inspired African-American youth in their Louisville, KY neighborhood by connecting them with the culture of their African ancestors. White passes the torch to new leadership under Albert Shumake, a young artist whose troubled life was transformed by his musical drumline experience. Glorious, rhythmic drum battles enliven this thoughtful doc about what it means to make a difference and the lasting impact of art, love, and community.

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