Film Guide - Greenwood Film Festival

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Film Guide

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Greenwood Film Festival


Film Guide

From short films to features, and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Stay up to date on the latest showtimes and film descriptions. Please note, times are subject to change.

Day 1: Sunday

August 4, 2024 :

  • How To Sue The Klan

    How To Sue The Klan

    From Producer Ben Crump. America’s first hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, dealt out hatred and violence for over a century without penalty - until five Black women and a young Black civil rights lawyer finally forced them to pay for their crimes. The strength of these women and the groundbreaking 1982 civil case set forth by their attorney established a legal precedent that paved the road for today’s fight against organized hate.

  • Hip Hop's Lost Soul

    Hip Hop's Lost Soul

    While exploring memories of the past, a mother and son find out the true meaning of understanding their differences. See what happens when a simple house visit turns into a much-needed wake-up call in this story about family, love, and loss all told through the power of music and poetry.

  • Huey


    Dr. Huey P. Newton was the co-founder of the radical group The Black Panther Party. From the party’s inception, Dr. Newton was the target of Federal, State and Local Governments for his efforts in liberating the African American community in Oakland and beyond from the blatant discrimination thrust upon the race as a whole. “Was Huey P. Newton randomly murdered or was it an orchestrated assassination by the United States government?”

  • Breathe


    For Eric, it is a normal day in his life/neighborhood. For the world, it’s the day Eric faces the reality of taking his last breath. #breatheericgarnershort

  • Mosiah


    Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a Jamaican-born political activist and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), is on trial in New York in 1923. Following the leadership of J. Edger Hoover & the BOI (later, the FBI), the government has charged Garvey with mail fraud in connection with selling stocks for the Black Star Line - a shipping line designed to forge a link between North America and Africa. This is the first-ever narrative film about his life.

Day 2: Monday

August 5, 2024 :

  • A Race in the Sun
    5:30 PM

    A Race in the Sun

    An exploration of cycling culture through the eyes of Ayesha McGowan who rose through the ranks of the New York City underground cycling world to break barriers as the world's first African American woman to become a professional cyclist.

  • Pictures Only

    Pictures Only

    Set in 1950s Bronzeville, Louise Parker is facing eviction from her home. Desperate to keep her independence and status, she is introduced to a lucrative performing opportunity. While attempting to keep this new venture a secret, she simultaneously gains popularity, risking being exposed to and disowned by her mother. After being offered a promotion, she is left with two choices, become the headliner, or allow her family to lose everything.

  • Ameka and Her Magical Crown

    Ameka and Her Magical Crown

    After discovering her voluminous hair is her magical crown, Ameka, a spirited young girl, must harness its whimsical powers to protect her community, confront social issues, and learn the true meaning of empowerment and compassion while navigating a world where her hair has a mind of its own.

  • Freedom Hair

    Freedom Hair

    Based on the inspiring, true story of Melony Armstrong, a mother who works at a shelter for battered women decides to start a natural hair braiding business to achieve financial independence for herself and others. To do so she must overcome unexpected obstacles imposed by a powerful cartel and the state of Mississippi.

Day 3: Tuesday

August 6, 2024 :

  • Ring The Alarm

    Ring The Alarm

    Suicide has been silently & disproportionately affecting Black Children for years. Through interviews with Educators, Elected Officials, Clinicians, Suicide-Bereaved Families and first-hand accounts of SURVIVORS of youth suicide, Ring The Alarm spreads awareness of racial
    disparity in Mental Healthcare.

  • Sentient


    The next level of Ai.

  • Cadence: A Love Story

    Cadence: A Love Story

    After a tragic loss knocks them out of sync, Maia and Darius struggle to find their rhythm.

  • Photosynthesis


    After receiving life-shattering news, a chance encounter with a stranger in a plant shop challenges a woman's morals and credence about love.

  • Remember Me: Dementia in the African American Community

    Remember Me: Dementia in the African American Community

    More than 55 million people worldwide have dementia and African Americans are disproportionately diagnosed compared to their white counterparts. Remember Me: Dementia in the African American Community examines the disparities through personal stories from dementia patients, caregivers who care for their loved ones, and dementia experts who discuss everything from the alarming statistics to African Americans' mistrust of the medical community to resources to reverse the current trends.

Day 4: Wednesday

August 7, 2024 :

  • They Don’t Live Long

    They Don’t Live Long

    Jack has just been released from prison for a felony pending hearing in two months, and he could be sentenced to up to five years. While he tries to heed his mother’s advice and keep a low profile, the connection with his fellow miscreants proves just too deep to ignore.

  • Save Our Sons

    Save Our Sons

    An original SWAT MEET Inc. film exploring the ripple effect of our choices on ourselves and those around us.

  • The Wrong Choice

    The Wrong Choice

    A talented yet trouble teenager torn between two worlds: His passion for art and the allure of street life.

  • A Little Hope for Chicago

    A Little Hope for Chicago

    Part narrative performance film, part documentary, A LITTLE HOPE FOR CHICAGO is a walk through the life of a Chicago hustler, narrowly avoiding the devastating consequences of death and incarceration, as he reflects on the systemic root causes of the violence and trauma that consume youth in urban centers like Chicago.

  • The War Torn Drum

    The War Torn Drum

    In the late 1860’s, a U.S. Marshal bonds with a post Civil War drummer boy in their search to track down a wanted criminal.

  • SA'ANA


    Like most African teenagers, Sa’ana is expected by her family to adhere to a strict moral path and excel academically. Still, the consequences are dire after attending a party and making a life-altering decision with Chris. Filled with remorse, she embraces her Christian faith only to face the harsh reality of an unplanned pregnancy. She must navigate the challenges of leaving school, deal with the disappointment from her parents, and fight the temptations to go against her newfound beliefs.

Day 5: Thursday

August 8, 2024 :

  • Greenwood Ablaze

    Greenwood Ablaze

    “GREENWOOD ABLAZE 🔥: A Tulsa Race Massacre Art Documentary” This dynamic production brings a faith-based voice to the Tulsa Race Massacre discussion by fusing poetry, music, and historical accounts and re-enactments of Tulsa in 1921.

  • They're Marching On Us

    They're Marching On Us

    An overview of police brutality.

  • Battle Line: A Poetic Cry for Justice

    Battle Line: A Poetic Cry for Justice

    "Battle Line" explores the interconnected stories of a community grappling with police brutality, systemic injustice, and the urgent need for change. Through the lens of poetry and personal narratives, the program highlights the diverse perspectives that shape the ongoing struggle for justice and equality.

  • HELP! I Think My Teacher is Racist

    HELP! I Think My Teacher is Racist

    A group of Black school kids in London are torn between the approaches of two teachers as they face racial discrimination and prejudice in school and for some, trauma at home. Based on OUR true stories. Starring Craige Middleburg (Gassed Up on Amazon Prime) as Mr Selby.



    A couple is violently kicked out of their paradise, and thrust into a strange new land.

Day 6: Friday

August 9, 2024 :

  • Sites of Resistance and Healing

    Sites of Resistance and Healing

    Kick off the festivities as the gates open to welcome music enthusiasts from all around.

  • Mister Gates

    Mister Gates

    Real-estate mogul Christopher Gates becomes homeless after losing his family, only to discover the sinister connection to their deaths.