BlackStar 2019.

Welcome to BlackStar Day 1! 

Day 1 Highlights.
BlackStar Embodied: All Levels POC-centered Yoga

August 1-4
9:00AM | ICA

Each morning, before your first film or panel, please join Jean-Jacques Gabriel for a yoga class focused on centering, self-care, and embodied celebration.

Admission is available on a space-available basis. Mats will be provided. 

The Cancer Journals Revisited

Dir: Lara Lin
Philadelphia Premiere
10:00AM | Lightbox

A poetic rumination on the precarious conditions of survival for women of color today. Twenty-seven artists, activists, health care advocates and patients recite poet Audre Lorde’s classic 1980 memoir of her breast cancer experience, and reflect upon what it means to contend with illness and its afterlife.

Darius Clark Monroe Shorts

Dir: Darius Clark Monroe
World Premiere
2:40PM | Lightbox

Utilizing archival and original materials, Darius Clark Monroe examines the role of sports in American culture and sheds light on the lives of players and club owners as well as the unexpected communities, obsessions, and passions they have built around tennis and handball.

Films: South Oxford, All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club, Maravilla, Serve

Q&A to follow with Darius Clark Monroe.

Opening Night Party

Thursday August 1
10:00PM | World Cafe Live

Music will be provided by DJs Matthew Law, Tailwind Turner, Lil Dave, and Aura. The evening will be hosted by Ethel Cee.
Admission is free but RSVP is recommended by July 31 at 11:59pm EST. Please note that registration doesn't guarantee admission, which is permitted on a space-available basis. 

Did you catch us in the new?
Box Office.
$12 General Admission
$8 Students/Seniors (in person only, ID required)
$6 BlackStar & Lightbox Member (in person only, membership card required)

Note: Free events require online registration; check schedule page for info. 
The BlackStar Audience Awards are an opportunity for you to show your enthusiasm for your favorite films screened in the festival. Vote here.

Please choose the day and program for your voting from the drop-down menus available. You will need to do this for each program. We strongly encourage you to vote right after you attend each screening.

Rate the films you view on a scale of 1 – 5: (1) poor, (2) fair, (3) good, (4) very good and (5) excellent.
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