“Civil” Credit: Photos courtesy of www.abff.com

If there was a solid reason to jump on a flight and arrive in Miami, the 2022 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) which begins June 20-30 just might be a good enough reason.

The Festival Ambassador is Issa Rae and the festival is presented by HBO Max.

Here are a few films that we found interesting.

“Rap Sh!t”
The film follows two estranged high school friends from Miami.
Executive Producer/Writer: Issa Rae (for HOORAE)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO Max

“Down With the King”
Rap star Money Merc (Freddie Gibbs) has been sent by his manager, Paul, to a rural house in the Berkshires to focus on his next album.
Director: Diego Ongaro
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

“Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution”
This new two-part documentary event explores the progression of Black comedy and the comedians who have used pointed humor to expose, challenge and ridicule society’s injustices and to articulate the Black experience in America. The series examines Black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the constraints of their time and spoke truth to power.
Directors: Mario Diaz and Jessica Sherif
Courtesy of A&E Network

“CIVIL”
This film is an intimate vérité look at the life of maverick civil rights attorney Ben Crump. Considered a trailblazer of his field, Crump gives viewers an inside look at his mission to raise the value of Black life. As the civil lawyer for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Black farmers and banking while Black victims, Crump challenges America to come to terms with what it owes his clients.
Directed and Produced by: Nadia Hallgren
Courtesy of Netflix

For more details on the spotlight screenings see below and visit www.abff.com for the full schedule.

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