SBIFF Film Recommendations During Quarantine

The Lion King

The Lion King

Dear SBIFF Family, Gather the family and sit your furry tails down to learn from the most carefree duo about the HAKUNA MATATA Life in this week's family fun film The Lion King! Along with our educational thought-provoking activity guide, follow the adventures of the...

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Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods

Dear Cinephiles, “DA 5 BLOODS” - which starts playing on Netflix today - is the best movie of 2020, and it is as incendiary, funny, exhilarating and mad - as it is artistically superb and rich. It demands immediate viewing and repeated viewings after. It is form and...

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Black Girl (La noire de…)

Black Girl (La noire de…)

Dear Cinephiles, “Black Girl” is an exemplary classic from 1966 that deserves our attention. Directed by Ousmane Sembène, it is considered the first major film produced by an African filmmaker. The film won the prestigious Jean Vigo for its artistic originality....

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Dear Cinephiles, The bold and powerful film “The Hate U Give” begins with a startling scene. A black family is having “The Talk.” For white families, “the talk” is the rite of passage discussion about the birds and the bees, but for black families is how to behave if...

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What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dear Cinephiles, “I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty and at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when every day is a matter of survival, I can’t help but be involved. Young people,...

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Dear Cinephiles, “The Last Black Man In San Francisco” (2019) is a remarkable film that deserves your attention. It’s one of the richest experiences I’ve had watching a film in a while. There’s something exhilarating in seeing something new in cinema, and director Joe...

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In The Heat Of The Night

In The Heat Of The Night

Dear Cinephiles, “In the Heat of the Night” (1967) is still a dazzling and powerful movie that is as pertinent and imperative as ever. The movie is a thriller about a murder in a small town in Mississippi – that forces a black detective from Philadelphia to join...

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The Princess and The Frog

The Princess and The Frog

Dear SBIFF Family, There's magic in the air! And fun! Have a ball with this week's family fun film The Princess and The Frog. Dream big with Tiana then learn trivia, bake yummy themed cookies, and get crafty with our activity guide. "If you do your best each and every...

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I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Dear Cinephiles, If you were my student, I’d require you right away to see the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” (2017). This is one of the most urgent and timely films I have seen. Using James Baldwin’s writings, “I Am Not Your Negro” guides us through black history...

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