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A GIF shows stills from various films playing at the 10th BlackStar Film Festival, including The Future Isn't What It Used To Be, Beans, Tallahassee, Pink & Blue, Eyimofe, Negotiating Liberation, and Vaka.
Welcome to the 10th annual BlackStar Film Festival! We're thrilled to kick-off an incredible week of programming with you, with over 80 films from 27 countries around the world, 14 panels, and select in-person events in Philadelphia. Day one alone includes multiple world premieres, four can't-miss conversations, and an epic outdoor party — and we're just getting started!

Explore the full schedule of today's events or scroll down for a few highlights. Don't forget that all films will be available online for ticket and pass holders, as well as in the official BlackStar Film Fest app (on your phone or TV!). And all panels will stream on our site and on Facebook Live. See you out there!
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The Daily Jawn
9:30 AM ET / Livestream

Start your day with our festival morning show, as hosts Maori and Rashid chat with Eyimofe (This is My Desire) filmmakers Arie and Chuko Esiri and festival panelist and composer Sultana Isham. Special guest host Laiya St Clair. Presented by PBS/WORLD Channel.
Shorts: Symbiosis
10 AM ET / Virtual

BlackStar is officially an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films, and our first shorts program of the week features two world premieres! Audio descriptions available for this screening. Co-presented by MediaJustice and Scattergood Foundation.
Panel: Sacha Jenkins in Conversation with Dyana Williams
6 PM ET / Livestream

Sacha Jenkins, director of B*tchin’: the Sound and Fury of Rick James (which screens at the festival later in the week) sits down with venerable journalist Dyana Williams for an expansive conversation on Rick James’ cultural significance and the evolution of American music. Co-presented by Showtime.
 
Feature Film: Beans 
4 PM ET / Virtual
8 PM ET / Eakins Oval*

There are two opportunities today to catch Tracey Deer's film about a 12-year-old Mohawk girl coming of age during the 1990 Indigenous uprising known as The Oka Crisis. In addition to streaming on our watch platform, we're hosting a free outdoor screening of Beans tonight in Philadelphia!
 
Revival! 
8 PM ET / Bartram's Garden*

Close out day one with our opening night party — Revival!an outdoor celebration with DJs Rashid Zakat, lil'dave, and Oluwafemi! Hosted by Queen Jo at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia. Co-presented by Firelight Media.
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*Masks are required for unvaccinated attendees at all outdoor events and we will continue to have social distancing practices in place amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 
Everyone's talking about BlackStar! Read up on the latest press coverage of the 10th annual festival, including guides to selecting films to watch this week:

The festival shop is open! Get your official BlackStar gear, including t-shirts, a scarf, hoodie, notebook and more. Plus, in celebration of our 10th anniversary, Philadelphia Printworks has released a line of limited edition #BlackStar10 apparel. And it's moving fast!

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