Black Harvest Film Festival: FROM THE BLOCK: FOR REAL


THEATER 1 Sat, Nov 11, 2023 4:00 PM
THEATER 1 Mon, Nov 13, 2023 6:00 PM
Film Info
Runtime:67 min
Release Year:2023
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info


An evocative assemblage of true Chicago love stories, celebrating Black love through the eyes of artists, midwives, and househeads—for the culture. In DEAR BLACK ARTIST (22 min.), we are introduced to director Rachel S. Gadson’s documentary series featuring 77 Chicago artists discussing their creative journeys, barriers to access, and hopes for the future of Black artists. Lawrence Agyei’s FOR THE CRIB (5 min.) provides an intimate look at the South Shore Drill Team during the 2021 Bud Billiken Parade. The story of Eric Williams, who fell in love with Chicago house music and built a thriving business around it, is documented in Lonnie Edwards and Tobi Shinobi’s TWENTYFIVE (12 min.); and in Mia Harvey’s WITH WOMAN (28 min.), Star, a Black midwife in Chicago, advocates for home births among Black women, in light of high maternal mortality rates in hospitals, despite legal restrictions. Select filmmakers scheduled to attend.