The 2019 festival lineup truly celebrates the nuance of Black storytelling, boasting films that grapple with themes both potent and timely in the current political climate as well as stories of self-discovery and personal triumph. There is a particularly interesting mix of voices exploring art, politics, history, love; the films are a unique peek into what’s on our conscious today, and there are some really funny films in there that will catch you off guard, and others that revisit what we thought was familiar territory.
LHAAFF opens on April 25th at 6:00pm with a Bites and Bubbly soiree where guests and filmmakers are invited to gather in celebration of Black brilliance. Following the mixer, film screenings kick off with a series of cutting-edge short films across a range of genres, from dark comedy to animated drama. Audiences will have an opportunity to engage with Northwest filmmakers, including Kiana Harris, Jamal Bradley and more, in a talk-back following the screenings.
Films are selected from entries screened by panels and curated from current and vintage offerings worldwide. The festival takes pride in finding independent film that is by or about Black people from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world and in our own backyard.