For as long as I could remember the African World Festival, here in Detroit, has always been a staple in my childhood/adulthood. It’s nothing like seeing Black people celebrating our heritage and culture. From traditional garments to hearing djembes being played with pride while the young and old dance their hearts away. The vibrations alone is alluring and I’m more than proud of the progress throughout the years. The festival moved from Hart Plaza to The Charles Wright Museum on Warren in midtown Detroit. Which happens to be the nations largest African-American museum. So yeah, talk about legendary.
Speaking of growth, I was able to attend the first annual film festival. Yes. 16 filmmakers had the opportunity to showcase their masterpieces during the festival! The goal is to shine light on creatives who’s generating positive reactions with their work.
The minds behind bringing this idea into reality are from Eric Wells of Lightsup Entertainment and Letia Solomon of L. Solo Productions. The two was led by their love of directing, filming and acting. Why not? Who doesn’t like a good film, or two, or three, or ten? During this event I indulged in some great films. Some made me laugh, a few made me cry and/or gave me a new outlook on people and how they live their lives. The perspective from each director was insightful! Check out the films and their makers below!
Africa For Ebola Orphans – Cameroon by Franco Bonghan (Cameroon)
Memoirs of a Black Man by Christian Davis (Detroit)
The sounds of street vendors: by Michael Brims (Houston)
Vela & Niyah by Rashada Fortier (New Orleans)
Marianne by Tomisin Adepeju (London UK)