5 years.

Founder Maori Holmes started the Blackstar Film Festival in Philly in 2012, and it’s only gotten bigger and better since then.

While the Festival officially starts today, last night saw things get started with a conversation on aesthetics between one of the lions of black independent cinema, Haile Gerima (Sankofa) and filmmaker/scholar John L. Jackson, Jr.

There’s tons to see, both in terms of films from across the global african diaspora–including Stephen Winter’s Jason and Shirley, which our film editor Curtis John highlighted last year, as well as artist talks with filmmakers¬†Sabrina Schmidt Gordon and Tahir Jetter; Zeinabu irene Davis and Christine Turner; and husband-and-wife creative team Mendi & Keith Obadike, among others.

Curtis is covering the festival, so stay tuned for reviews and impressions coming out of Philly.

In the meantime, you can check out the full Blackstar Film Festival schedule here.

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