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BlackStar Film Festival

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BlackStar Film Festival

The four-day film festival hosts films, events and more at venues citywide. Credit: Courtesy of BlackStar Film Festival


August 3-6, 2017


Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly for a sixth round of cinematic awesomeness. “By Indie Means Necessary” serves as the tagline for BlackStar, and plays on the festival’s dedication to independent cinema in the spirit of late civil rights activist Malcolm X and his iconic “By Any Means Necessary” speech.

Created in 2012, BlackStar celebrates black traditions, black people and black arts by showcasing films from an international repertoire of people of color. The four-day festival will once again put Philly in the spotlight as a go-to destination for black filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

Rooted at venues in University City, BlackStar will screen more than 60 films at three different locations, Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Drexel University’s Pearlstein Gallery. Additionally, other events will take place at different locations across the city, making BlackStar a citywide festival.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Resistance,” highlighting films that look at political and social uprisings, including the civil rights events of the 1960s, the Los Angeles race riots of the 1990s and more.

Tickets for individual films are on sale now $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. For those looking to catch all of the action, full-festival passes, which run $150, are available online (and going quickly).

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