Bring your lunch and settle into a pair of stories that explore the Black community’s long and complex relationship with the criminal justice system.
Stay Woke – Dir. Langston Williams
On the eve of an election, the lives of a politician trying to reconnect with the people he once represented, two African American youth frustrated by a recent police killing, and a police officer who desires to do the right thing will all collide. Filmmaker in attendance
Black Cop – Dir. Aaron Horton
It’s not easy being a black cop. Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you, and everyone assumes you hate NWA. And when the world is on edge waiting for a grand jury verdict on a high profile police case involving unarmed youth, you can bet all eyes are on you. For one black cop already struggling between duty and moral obligation, it only gets worse. Armed with the power of his badge, an antagonizing radio show for company, and some good old fashioned rage – the stage is set for a whirlwind day filled with vendetta and just desserts as black cop targets the very community that justifies his colleagues on a collision course with his own identity. Racial tension, law enforcement, and social media are the focus in this hyper-active satire.