The four-day Afrikana independent film festival features a variety of films, talks and workshops


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The film lineup at the Afrikana Independent Film Festival this week includes nearly 30 different film screenings and events around Richmond.

The film formats of the festival, which runs from Thursday September 15 to Sunday September 18, include documentaries, dramas, features and shorts. Other events at various venues around Richmond include conversations, workshops, exhibits, artist talks, festive themed meals and parties. The many events focus on uplifting black culture.

Thursday night’s opening reception is a free screening of “The Birth of a Planet” which focuses on an African-American Reconstruction-era newspaper, the Richmond Planet, run by the editor and reporter of investigation John Mitchell and a group of colleagues who were also once enslaved.

Other highlights of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival include:

  • Friday, September 16 – Eve’s Bayou: 25th anniversary screening behind the Branch Museum
  • Saturday September 17 – Feature film Mending Walls at the Black History Museum
  • Saturday September 17 – Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane feature film at the Ada Gallery
  • Sunday, September 18 – Filmmakers’ Tour and Brunch with Untold RVA
  • Sunday, September 18 – Afrikana Studio: Virtual Writer’s Workshop with Walter Mosley: The Art of Adaptation

A full program of films and a list of other events as well as ticketing and volunteering are available at the festival website.


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