Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival launches 26 films

The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival unveils 26 films Nominated for six film categories

The Fourth Annual Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival (MCHRFF) today announced that 26 films across six categories have been nominated for its annual awards, including Complete Documentary, Complete Feature, short documentary, the short film, the Student Film category and the brand new Chromatic Black Category, named after this year’s title sponsor, the production company Chromatic Black. Scheduled September 20-24, 2022 in person on the Morehouse campus and virtually September 20-30, the nominated films provoke discussions on immigration, race, gender identity, politics, healthcare and law enforcement, as well as many other humans. rights and social justice topics. Badges are now on sale with a 50% discount.

“This year, more than ever, we want to elevate and support human rights storytelling that raises awareness of local, national and international human experiences,” said Kara Walker, Executive Director of MCHRFF. “The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival reviewed over 200 film submissions and selected 115 films to feature. The 26 nominated films represent an incredible cast of established and aspiring filmmakers from around the world.

Here is a list of the MCHRFF 2022 nominated films and their respective categories:

Complete documentary

Free Annuity: Lanier vs. Harvard

Free Annuity: Lanier vs. Harvard tells the story of Tamara Lanier, an African-American woman determined to force Harvard University to relinquish ownership of the daguerreotypes of her great-great-great-grandfather, a slave named Renty. The images are emblematic of the inhumanity of slavery, the racist science that supported it, and the white supremacy that continues to infect our society today. The film focuses on Lanier, following his trial and the growing activism surrounding him, and stars attorney Benjamin Crump and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against the Native American Mascot
imagine the indian is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate the words, images and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive. The film dives deep into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. Psychological research is clear, the use of Native American mascots is detrimental, not only to Native Americans, but to marginalized groups everywhere.

Let the little light shine
A high-performing elementary school just south of downtown Chicago is a lifeline for black children, until gentrification threatens its closure.

swim against the tide
As most of us dread the thought of growing old, the seniors of the Harlem Honeys and Bears synchronized swimming team inspire us to live our best life no matter what age we are.

Full length feature

THE HORIZON
In the distant northern suburbs of Paris, where asphalt and fields intertwine, Adja, 18, burns with the desire to live intensely. With her brother a rising football star, her best friend a brilliant social media influencer, and her mother fighting to save her hometown in Senegal, Adja faces an unclear future. With Arthur, who will become more than a friend, her political and environmental awareness will rise, and she will join the fight of her generation.

Valiant
The painful past of a child marriage activist intertwines with the uncertain future of a child bride-to-be as they both attempt to tackle child marriage. In partnership with UNICEF.

you look like me
Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupts in this story of two sisters from the suburbs of Paris. After the siblings separate, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world. Director Dina Amer tackles one of the darkest issues of our time and deconstructs it in an intimate story about family, love, brotherhood and belonging.

Short documentary

A better place
A better place is an in-depth look at the toxic legacy of colonial-era British laws, which criminalize consensual same-sex love, while allowing perpetrators of sexual violence to go unpunished.

mom’s love

This film traces the journey of five women who had difficulty conceiving and/or who had miscarriages. As they talk about their childhood and motherhood aspirations, they begin to share the stories of their miscarriage, their recovery, the partners/families who helped them through it, and the grace they have had. given to their body.

Surviving Clotilde
Surviving Clotilde is the extraordinary story of the last slave ship to reach American shores: the brash captain who built it and sailed it, the wealthy white businessman whose bet set the cruel plan in motion, and the 110 men, women and children whose resilience turned into horror into hope.

The defenders
Few in number and with limited resources, attorneys representing African Americans in Mississippi lost more than they gained during the early years of the civil rights movement. However, with the country’s conscience stung by violent images, hundreds of lawyers were inspired to work in the state and transformed its legal infrastructure.

Unwavering: The Power of Black Innovation
Unwavering explores the chronic underfunding of Black-led organizations, while celebrating the optimism and perseverance of Black innovators across the country.

Short function

Intended parents
Intended parents is a short film about a black millennial couple, seeking to expand their family through surrogacy. The film explores the intersections of love, gender, surrogacy, acceptance and despair; a power couple sets out to deflate multiple negative stigmas as they prepare for the roller coaster of fertility and surrogacy.

Invisible borders
Two refugee brothers hope to reunite in Berlin after being separated while crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe.

Perception
A beautiful and uplifting story about generational racism in America, Perception follows the lives of single mother Anna Curtis and her young daughter Jessica Curtis as they move from a world filled with oppression and prejudice to one overflowing. of cultural diversity.

Silent Partner
Silas Jones is an accomplished black lawyer about to become a partner at a white shoe law firm. After successfully defending a white woman accused of murdering a black teenager, Silas comes to a crossroads with his wife Kosi, an equally accomplished teacher, as they prepare to attend the company’s celebration. . As the night wears on, Silas questions the legitimacy of his promotion. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

xxVISIBLE
Covering a year of the 2020 pandemic, a young Asian American successfully navigates life during lockdown.

student movie

Love IRL (in real life)
A 21-year-old filmmaker attempts to understand her mother’s perspective on dating by exploring the dating history of the women in her family.

A man of the sea
After the racist shooting of an unarmed teenager, an officer of color must decide whether to side with the law or seek justice for his community.

sell the girl
Unlucky during the 2008 recession, portrait artist Lorena responds to an advertisement for a young female painter. When the wealthy Madame presents an opportunity to broadcast her life live in exchange for a successful career, Lorena takes the bait and finds that the ubiquitous viewers have their own demands.

Solo
Solo is a narrative short that details the ups and downs of a past relationship through retrospective narration and detailed imagery.

Suga Brown
In a world where free health care requires genetic alterations, a pregnant woman, Eden, must go to extreme lengths to ensure that her child is born without mandatory alterations.

through the fire
The story follows the struggle of main character Chris who struggles with a weed addiction and aspires to become a photographer. After receiving a call from his mother about failing school and dropping out of photography, Chris dithers in his work and takes a walk. Who Chris meets on this walk will lead to a spark igniting his passions and achieving the unimaginable.

Chromatic Black Price

Indigo Child
A fourteen-year-old girl realizes she has special powers and is in denial of her own power.

Intended parents
Intended parents is a short film about a black millennial couple, seeking to expand their family through surrogacy. The film explores the intersections of love, gender, surrogacy, acceptance and despair; a power couple sets out to deflate multiple negative stigmas as they prepare for the roller coaster of fertility and surrogacy.

Let the little light shine
A high-performing elementary school just south of downtown Chicago is a lifeline for black children, until gentrification threatens its closure.

Silent Partner
Silas Jones is an accomplished black lawyer about to become a partner at a white shoe law firm. After successfully defending a white woman accused of murdering a black teenager, Silas comes to a crossroads with his wife Kosi, an equally accomplished teacher, as they prepare to attend the company’s celebration. . As the night wears on, Silas questions the legitimacy of his promotion. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

Solo
Solo is a narrative short that details the ups and downs of a past relationship through retrospective narration and detailed imagery.

Suga Brown
In a world where free health care requires genetic alterations, a pregnant woman, Eden, must go to extreme lengths to ensure that her child is born without mandatory alterations.

The fourth
Eager to celebrate the 4th of July, a group of young black and Latino friends experience a police encounter that changes the meaning of the holiday. Based on real-life incidents, the story examines the trauma of being in the shoes of the arrested young men.

The unwritten rule
The unwritten rule is a film about a black teacher who fatally arrests a white school shooter to be charged by the state of Missouri with manslaughter.

through the fire
The story follows the struggle of main character Chris who struggles with a weed addiction and aspires to become a photographer. After receiving a call from his mother about failing school and dropping out of photography, Chris dithers in his work and takes a walk. Who Chris meets on this walk will lead to a spark igniting his passions and achieving the unimaginable.

Unwavering: The Power of Black Innovation
Unwavering explores the chronic underfunding of Black-led organizations, while celebrating the optimism and perseverance of Black innovators across the country.

For more information about the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, visit morehousehumanrightsfilmfestival.com

Darcy J. Skinner