The Nightlight is hosting a selection of GCUFF8 films from September 13th through the 19th.
The mission of the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by providing film artists a forum for their work to be viewed, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the critical issues of our times.
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While I Breathe, I Hope
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 6:30pm
MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 6:30pm
United States | 2018 | Documentary | 75 min | O.V. English
Director Emily Harrold
Cast Bakari Sellers
Producer Emily Harrold, Diane Robertson, Xuan Vu, Lauren Franklin
What does it mean to be young, Black, and Democrat in the Southern Republican state of South Carolina? Through experiences of Bakari Sellers, "While I Breathe, I Hope" unravels that question. The film follows Sellers on his 2014 bid for Lieutenant Governor, through the Charleston Shootings and removal of the Confederate flag up to the present as he takes on a national role as a CNN political commentator and considers his future in Trump’s America.
Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 8:30pm
WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 6:30pm
Director Daryne Joshua
Cast Jill Levenberg, Jarrid Geduld, Elton Landrew, Ilse Klink, Amrain Ismail Essop, Clint Brink, Russle Savadier
Producer Schalk-Willem Burger, Paulo Areal
Screenplay Amy Jeptha
Based on true events, Ellen tells of the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son – a relationship that will eventually drive her to the edge and lead to his murder. In 2007, the death of 20 year old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen. When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen Pakkies had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son’s life? Told across two timelines, Ellen is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 3:00pm
TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 8:45pm
United States | 2019 | Documentary | 87 min | O.V. English
Director Matt Wolf
Producer Kyle Martin, Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak
Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years from 1975 until her death in 2012. For Marion taping was a form of activism to seek the truth, and she believed that a comprehensive archive of the media would be invaluable for future generations. Her visionary and maddening project nearly tore her family apart, but now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitized and they’ll be searchable online.
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 5:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 9:00 pm
United States | 2019 | Narrative | 105 min | O.V. English
Director Charles Murray
Cast Dorian Missick, Michael Beach, Simone Missick, Terrell Tilford
Producer Jackie J. Stone
Screenplay Charles Murray
A disgraced journalist has to deal with his cousin’s suicide after she’s been shamed in social media.
East Cleveland : A Tale of Two Cities
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 7:30 pm
TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 6:30 pm
United States | 2016 | Documentary | 53min
Director Konnie Peroune and the students of the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival Workshop
A group of budding student filmmakers interview children who live in the city of East Cleveland. The children give an eyewitness account of what it is like to live in a once-prominent city, now, forgotten.
"This is what happens when young children are armed with cameras and a mic to examine the past and present of the city of East Cleveland. The revelation of their side of the story is told through honesty and hope."
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 9:15 pm
Documentary | 96 min | O.V.
Director Davy Rothbart
Producer Alex Turtletaub, Michael Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz, Alex Turtletaub
Screenplay Jennifer Teixeira
In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America's most dangerous neighborhood just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They've been filming ever since. Spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation's ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.
SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2:00 pm
United States | 2018 | Narrative | 85 min | O.V. English
Director Numa Perrier
Cast Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman
Producer Winter Dunn, Livia Perrier, Numa Perrier
Screenplay Numa Perrier
A true story set in 1998. During the last days of her mother's life, 19 year old Tiffany crashes with 5 family members in a studio apartment in Las Vegas. To make ends meet her sister introduces her to the world of internet fetish cam girls.
Black Beach/White Beach- A Tale of Two Beaches
SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 4:00 pm
United States | 2017 | Documentary | 90 min | O.V. English
Director Ricky Kelly
Producer Cherie Kelly
Screenplay Ricky Kelly
In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, two national motorcycle festivals are held over the weeks around the Memorial Day Holiday. One festival is primarily white , the other is predominately black. While bikers of both colors enjoy both festivals; the city, community and state view these two festivals vastly different creating a divide among the participants, business owners and residents. Against the backdrop of the historical relevance of the areas segregated past, this documentary explores the opposing viewpoints on segregation and integration, mutual love of motorcycle culture and racial tensions that reach a boiling point every spring in this southern beach mecca. Black Bike Week was born in Atlantic Beach and this film will examine the history of this area: it's growth under segregation and the subsequent decline as integration led to the flight of money and investment away from the area and why, even today, the area sees no revenue from hosting one of the largest bike festivals in the country. Meanwhile, the adjoining city of Myrtle Beach benefits economically during Black Bike Week yet they shuns the event as its reluctant host, imposing stricter rules and harsh penalties as compared to White Bike Week the week before.
Una Great Movie
SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 6:00 pm
United States | 2019 | Narrative | 96 min | O.V.
Director Jennifer Sharp
Cast JoNell Kennedy, Numa Perrier, Jake Olson
Producer Jennifer Sharp
Screenplay Jennifer Sharp
A beautiful diverse movie about a black American woman traveling to Mexico, slowly turns into a romantic comedy with an all-white cast. The absurd reality of chasing a dream.
A special event to follow this screening :
MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 8:15 pm
THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 9:00 pm
Kenya | 2018 | Narrative | 74 min | O.V. Swahili
Director Likarion Wainaina
Cast Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia
Producer Tom Tykwer
Screenplay Wanjeri Gakuru, Gathoni Kamau
Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 4:00 PM
THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019 6:30 PM
South Africa | 2019 | Narrative | 95 min | O.V. Zulu
Director Zuko Nodada
Cast Nqobile Khumalo
Producer Thandeka Nodada
Screenplay Steven Pillemer, Lwazi Mvusi
Uncovered is the story of a fearless female journalist who takes on a corrupt mine magnate. The film is set to delve into some of the country's most sensitive issues such as land and the political landscape, while changing the narrative and showcasing women in a powerful light. It features actors such as Thandeka Malinga, Nqobile Khumalo, Sthandiwe Kgoroge and Dumisani Mbebe, just to mention a few