SBIFF Film Recommendations During Quarantine

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Dear Cinephiles, 25 years ago, I couldn’t appreciate “Philadelphia.” I’d had too many close friends of mine die of AIDS – and there was so much homophobia and misinformation. As I watched the film, I appreciated the effort yet I had been wanting so much more. I was...

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Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field

Dear Cinephiles, Sydney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964 for “Lilies of the Field.” It is one of the gentlest movies I’ve seen in a long time – and I mean that in the best possible way. The film - simple and...

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Moana

Moana

Hello SBIFF Family, Fellow Voyagers, time to journey beyond the reef in this week's Family Fun Film Moana. Explore our activity guide and sail along with Moana as she ventures across the ocean to find the demigod Maui and help save her people by returning the Heart of...

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Dear Cinephiles, “Slavery is an evil that should befall none,” is spoken by Solomon Northup – the main character in the powerful “12 Years a Slave.” Last night, on the eve of Juneteenth – the national commemoration of the official ending of slavery in the United...

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Mudbound

Mudbound

Dear Cinephiles, “This land that would never be theirs. They worked until they sweated. They sweated until they bled. They bled until they died. Died with the dirt of this same 200 acres under their fingernails. Died clawing at the hard, brown back that would never be...

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Boyz n the Hood

Boyz n the Hood

Dear Cinephiles, “If you want to talk about guns, why is it that there’s a gun shop on almost every corner in this community? I’ll tell you why. For the same reason that there’s a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community. Why? They want us to kill...

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Hollywood Shuffle

Hollywood Shuffle

Dear Cinephiles, In 1987, comedian Robert Townsend wrote, directed and acted in a satire of African American stereotypes in cinema with “Hollywood Shuffle.” There’s a sting to the spoof. Starting in the silent film era, Hollywood portrayed blacks in insensitive ways...

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Loving

Loving

Dear Cinephiles, Loving v. Virginia was the landmark civil rights decision by the US Supreme Court which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen US states on June 12, 1967. The case involved Mildred Loving – a woman of color – and her white...

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Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life

Dear Cinephiles, In the 1950s, Douglas Sirk made films for Hollywood that were great commercial successes but were dismissed by critics because they were considered flimsy melodramas that were geared towards women – they were thought of as “women’s pictures.” With...

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