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Where exactly does a “just” future begin? Our filmmakers this year pose narratives that transcend time and distance, inciting concrete change in the here and now.

A silhouette of a pianist playing the piano in a dark room. Shorts

A Concerto is a Conversation

Film A Concerto is a Conversation Directed by Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family's lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow…
A silhouette of a Black man, backlit by a dim violet colored screen light. Shorts

A Galaxy Sits in The Cracks

Film A Galaxy Sits in The Cracks Directed by Amber Love A short documentary in 6 parts, “A Galaxy Sits in the Cracks” engages with the ways Black communities…
A young Black woman in a leather jacket stands by a rickshaw looks to an elderly Black man with a cane; an empty desert as the backdrop Shorts

Afro Punk Girl

Film Afro Punk Girl Directed by Annetta Laufer In a dystopian, post apocalyptic Britain, a young punk discovers true rebellion when she meets a radical old…
a small crowd of people gathered in an outdoor courtyard of a residential building Shorts

Architecture and Peace [Beyond the Building]

Film Architecture and Peace [Beyond the Building] Directed by Thatcher Bean How can we use architecture to contribute to peace, to heal conflict, to instill dignity, to promote justice?
Two Black women stand side by side, dressed in vibrant futuristic apparel and space helmets. Shorts

Black Space

Film Black Space Directed by Afatasi The Artist San Francisco has a reputation of being a liberal and progressive city, but not for all residents.
A man sits solemnly in a field of tall grasses; his face mask states: "Solidarity Forever Collective" Shorts

Dedicated to Those Who

Film Dedicated to Those Who Directed by Jules Retzlaff A hybrid doc and visual album exploring the struggles of the past, present, and future San Francisco.
A portrait of a young Black woman and man; the woman looks into the camera as the man looks into the distance beyond Shorts

Blackness is Everything

Film Blackness is Everything Directed by Alba Roland Mejia Blackness is Everything is an experimental/performative short film that celebrates the diversity of the Black diaspora in The…
Artwork projection with caption: "There was an energy and feeling of community pride that had seemed hidden." Shorts

City Is Alive Bayview Murals

Film City Is Alive Bayview Murals Directed by Susannah Smith Mini docs about several murals located in Bayview Hunters Point SF that depict the neighborhoods everyday heroes.
Leon Sun, an elderly Asian man, working in his art studio. Shorts

Leon Sun

Film Leon Sun Directed by James Q. Chan A meditation on finding identity through art, activism, and community.
a portrait of a man and woman sitting with each other but looking sternly in opposite directions Shorts


Film Merkato Directed by Sosena Solomon Merkato Journeys through the largest open air market in Africa, documenting the daily lives of four merchants and…
A portrait of Mike Evans, a young Black man, cautiously and inquisitively looking upward. Shorts

Rent Check

Film Rent Check Directed by Jules Retzlaff, Mike Evans Jr Mike, a young Black comedian, is conflicted upon discovering his brother's career.
A man pruning a tree with a knife Shorts


Film Southernmost Directed by Lindsey Shavers, Max Shavers, Sydney Shavers Southernmost - Celebrating Key West's Black History
two people walking along a passageway of an aery space with empty lounge chairs in the foreground Shorts

The Lo-Fab Movement: Mackenzy Vil

Film The Lo-Fab Movement: Mackenzy Vil Directed by Thatcher Bean We have to use the process of rebuilding to rebuild lives.
Two artists paint a large mural featuring women of color and monarch butterflies. Shorts

The Spirit of the Fillmore

Film The Spirit of the Fillmore Directed by Sophie Constantinou Citizen Film produced a short film about the process of developing and designing the mural on the Rosa…
a man holds a young child in his lap sitting in an armchair on the rooftop; backdropped by a night skyline Shorts

Torre David

Film Torre David Directed by Markus Kneer and Daniel Schwartz Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas under construction, abandoned following the death of its developer and…
A Black woman sits next to a stone engraved "America Sands: 1870-1926 Gone from this earth but not from our hearts" Shorts

Village with a Voice

Film Village with a Voice Directed by Damali Shakur Phipps A video corrugating some of the voices still remaining in Bahama village (in 2019).


Film Pumzi Directed by Wanuri Kahiu Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which water scarcity has extinguished life above ground, the short follows one…