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DBFF 2020 Winners
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
The Birth Of Deceit

A peaceful town where all seems to be normal lies a dark cold secret that took the town by surprise as a couple befriended their neighbor/close friends, granddaughter for their own psychopathic needs. Which led to the main character, Ambar along with her friends fighting for their life.

Director: Yaw Agyapong

United States, 85 min., Color, English

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Lara and The Beat

Lara and the Beat is a coming of age movie about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the centre of a financial scandal with their late parents’ Media Empire. The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future – through music and enterprise – to salvage their family’s past

Director: Tosin Coker

Nigeria, 137 min., Color, English

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE WINNER

United States, 93 min., Color, English

Patrinell: The Total Experience

The story of the Patrinell Wright and her Total Experience Choir, an internationally recognized Seattle institution, is told against the backdrop of the city’s gentrification and racial history. Seattle was a rude awakening for singer Patrinell Wright when she moved here from East Texas in 1964—far from the bastion of racial tolerance she’d expected. But she did have musical talent, deep faith, and unstoppable drive, which she channeled into founding the Total Experience Gospel Choir, building it into an internationally recognized pillar of Seattle’s black community.

PRODUCER Tia Young; EDITOR Andrew Elizaga; FEATURING Rev. Patrinell Wright
UNKNOWN Katya Palladina
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The Evers

Loki Mulholland is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, author, activist and son of Civil Rights Icon, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Loki’s films have received over 40 Telly Awards and his films on race and social justice issues have won 15 Best Documentary. His first book, “She Stood For Freedom” was nominated for the 2017 Amelia Bloomer Award. Loki speaks across the country on issues of race and social justice and is the founder and Executive Director of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation which was created to end racism through education.

Director: Loki Mulholland

United States, 91 min., Color, English

HONORABLE MENTION
While I Breathe, I Hope

WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE is a feature documentary that explores what it means to be young, Black, and progressive through the experiences of South Carolina Politician Bakari Sellers.

Director: Emily Harrold

United States, 75 min., Color, English

BEST SHORT FILM WINNER
One Last Goodbye

Rocked by a devastating loss and a pending eviction from the home he shared with his wife, a man struggles to cope and “move forward” despite his sister’s best efforts to help him.

DIRECTOR Latasha Kennedy
United States, 16 min., Color, English
RUNNER UP (1)
I AM TX—

On their last day of tour, a black punk band find themselves in awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with an ignorant cast of characters.

Director: Ryan Darbonne

United States, 9 min., Color, English

RUNNER UP (2)
NORMAL: The Documentary

Normal is a short documentary, that follows Garren, a 23 year old, black male who has set out to redefine what it means to be “normal” in this society, as we reexamine his neighborhood in South Central LA, where various pre-existing conditions prevent young men from having control over their fate. Ultimately, the goal of this film is to form a collective point of view on how young black men can transform their life by following what they deem to be true to themselves, despite what society and social infrastructure are telling them to be.

Director: Tari Wariebi

United States, 18 min., Color, English

BEST COLLEGE SHORT (1)
Justice Delayed

Ten months after the fatal shooting of his younger 12-year-old brother, Jay discovers that the police officer involved was not indicted. Losing trust in the legal system, Jay takes matters into his own hands, however, is torn between seeking vengeance or justice.

Director: Janine Anne Uyanga

United States, 11 min., Color

BEST COLLEGE SHORTS (2)
Riverment

A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter who is determined to follow in her footsteps.

Director: Shayla Racquel

United States, 19 min., Color, English

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SANKOFA

This documentary is about the loss of identity and its systemic impact on black males. By exploring the complexities of mental slavery, Sankofa calls it’s audience to free themselves from the system in which they were born.

Director: Princess Garrett

United States, 27 min., Color

BEST TEXAS SHORT FILM WINNER
Solomon’s Dilemma

Two Brothers have lead two very different lives and now Solomon has to choose between his future and his brothers. Is blood really “thicker than water”, or will Solomon turn his back on the brother that has supported him his whole life?

DIRECTOR Michael L. Jackson
United States, 16 min., Color, English
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I AM TX—

On their last day of tour, a black punk band find themselves in awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with an ignorant cast of characters.

Director: Ryan Darbonne

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