TRUE STORIES (UNSCRIPTED SPECIAL PROGRAMMING)
Get ready for a mindset shift. Based on real stories, these films introduce you to worlds and problems that may not be on your radar - from Black bull riders and farmers to the importance of mental health and wellness in a community that is often overlooked.
Dir. Eric J. Dickens / Writer: Kara Barnett, Andria Washington Hanner / Prod. Janeita Bellamy
High Risk: The Unfiltered Truths of Minority Pregnancy is a documentary that explores the lives of several individuals that have experienced complications with conceiving, giving birth and postpartum depression. The piece explores the health and emotional challenges that Black people face in the United States related to childbirth.
Dir. / Prod. Nicole Dizon
An elderly woman sends care packages to family in the Philippines, as a part of the wider "balikbayan" phenomenon that encapsulates an immigrant's longing for home and desire to share the American dream.
BLACK GIRL, BLEU
Dir. / Writer / Prod. Sharee Silerio
A safe space where Black women reveal their struggles with mental health, including how the "Strong Black Woman" stereotype impacts their mental wellness and healing.
A FARM CALLED HOME
Dir. / Prod. Justin Patten, Mykell Barlow / Writer: Mykell Barlow
Follow the Ballews, a multi-generational family of Black Kentucky farmers, as they embrace the strong legacy of their land while facing the struggles of being a Black farmer in America.
THE NEXT "8" SECONDS
Dir. / Writer: Jeff Chambers / Prod. Jeff Chambers, El Guillory
"The Next 8 Seconds" chronicles the life and career of Neil Holmes, an African American bull rider, as he talks about his journey from childhood struggles to college graduate turned professional bull rider. Facing adversity, racial discrimination as well as countless life and death experiences, Neil becomes one of the best professional Bull Riders in the sport, traditionally known for white bull riders.