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10th International Black Women's Film Festival

Celebrating Ten Years of Moving Images FORWARD

Enjoy an evening of celebrating Black women in film at the 10th International Black Women's Film Festival Opening Night Reception! Special guests, filmmakers, silent auction, live entertainment, food and prizes. All proceeds benefit the film festival's programming.

The festival opens on Friday, July 20th, 2012, and ends Saturday, July 21st, 2012.

10TH INTERNATIONAL BLACK WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Friday, July 20th, 2012
KAISER CENTER THEATER 300 Lakeside Drive
(2nd Floor; top of escalators. Elevators available.)
Oakland, CA

Wheelchair accessibility/theater seating available

Reception 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Screenings start at 6:30 p.m.

THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE (USA/14 mins)
Directed by Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer and narrated by Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis

‘The Unforgiving Minute’ written, produced and directed by Octavia Spencer and narrated by Viola Davis, tells the story of a young boy growing up in an environment peppered with judgment and lack of understanding. He lives with his Mom who is a single parent, his sister and grandparents. The family is a loving one, but the young boy longs for the father he has never known. He is faced with school bullies that taunt and harass him (and other schoolmates) daily. Through these challenges, however, the boy will not be defeated. Instead he perseveres taking a life-path of honor and hard work that is applauded by his classmates and that guides the boy ultimately into a man of prominence, inspiration and great achievement.
Short, Drama

CALYPSO ROSE: LIONESS OF THE JUNGLE (Trinidad & Tobago/France/USA /85 mins) – English and French (with subtitles)
A film by Pascale Obolo

WEST COST PREMIERE!

An exuberant and inspiring ambassador for the Caribbean, Calypso Rose is the uncontested and much decorated diva of Calypso music. With more than 800 recorded songs, she continues to be a pioneer and champion of women’s rights, as she travels the world making music. French-Cameroonian filmmaker Pascale Obolo spends four years with Calypso Rose on a very personal journey. Traveling to Paris, New York, Trinidad and Tobago and to her ancestral home in Africa, we learn more about Calypso Rose in each place, and the many faces and facets of her life. The daughter of an illiterate Trinidadian fisherman, Calypso Rose was one of ten children, who at the age of 9 was sent to live with relatives in Tobago. At 15 she wrote her first song and launched a career that took her to the top of the male-dominated calypso world. This creative film is not only about memory and the exchange and discovery of world cultures, but also about the journey of a remarkable woman, an Afro-Caribbean soul and an exemplary artist.

Music, Documentary

AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

Festival International du Film de Ourdah, Jury Mention
DC International Film Festival

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