Back for the second year, Philadelphia’s Blackstar Film Festival kicked off yesterday in the City of Brotherly Love and from the looks of the lineup, it’s going to be another great one.

The festival, which was dubbed the “Black Sundance,” serves “as a platform for independent black filmmakers telling stories from around the world, providing beautifully crafted works to a diverse audience thirsty for fresh perspectives.”

This year’s festival will showcase feature films and shorts that tackle a myriad of issues including mental illness, life after incarceration, hip hop as a global phenomenon, African immigrants in America, and black women in academia.

Other highlights of this year’s Blackstar Film Fest include, “the world premiere of Wangechi Mutu’s The End of Eating Everything, the Philadelphia premiere of Andrew Dosonmu’s Mother of George, and David Tosh Gitonga’s Nairobi Half Life. There will also be a special presentation of Victoria Mahoney’s Yelling to the Sky followed by a Q&A with actors Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter and Yolanda Ross.”

The Blackstar Film Festival runs through Sunday August 4th. Don’t miss it!

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