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The Sixth Annual Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival Announces Compelling Early Selection Films & Esteemed Advisory Council 

The festival will showcase films addressing immigration, race, gender identity, to foster meaningful dialogue and drive social change — 

Morehouse College has announced the official dates, early selection films, and advisory council for the Sixth Annual Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival (MCHRFF), scheduled for September 17-21, 2024, on the Morehouse campus. The five-day event will also be accessible virtually from September 17 to September 27, 2024. Badges are now on sale at a 50 percent discount.  

“The early selections for the sixth annual festival exemplify our mission to educate, spark dialogue, and inspire. These films will challenge us to confront complex histories and social issues while highlighting the urgent need for social justice today,” said Kara Walker, executive director of the MCHRFF. “Each film offers a unique perspective, fostering conversations crucial for driving meaningful change.” 

This year’s early selections include the following films: 

MOSES – 13 Steps | Directed by Michael Wech  

MOSES – 13 Steps is a powerful exploration of the life and legacy of Edwin Moses, an unparalleled athlete and visionary, whose triumphs on and off the track catalyzed significant social and scientific change, inspiring generations to hurdle over barriers of all kinds.  

Battleground Georgia | Directed by Daresha Kyi  

Passionate voter engagement, followed by the fury of those who spread and believed “the big lie” were dominant narratives of the U.S. elections of 2020. Ahead of the 2024 election cycle, in this installment of the Turning Point series, Battleground Georgia becomes the lens through which to view the history of racist voter suppression, the power of grass roots organizing and the tension between old institutions and new ways of thinking about what a vibrant democracy could be.  

Farming While Black | Directed by Mark Decena  

Farming While Black is a feature-length documentary film which examines the historical plight of Black farmers in the United States and the rising generation reclaiming their rightful ownership to land and reconnecting with their ancestral roots.    

Saving the Chattahoochee | Directed by Hal Jacobs  

The story of three generations of women who defended the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta.  

The Picture Taker | Directed by Phil Bertelsen 

From his Memphis studio, Ernest Withers’ nearly 2 million images were a treasured record of Black history, but his legacy was complicated by decades of secret FBI service revealed only after his death. Was he a friend of the civil rights community, or enemy—or both?

 HARLEM FRAGMENTS | Directed by Cameron Tyler Carr   

An Afro-futurist scrapbook storytelling of a Harlem Black family’s beautiful destruction during the 2008 recession. A natural disaster so mesmerizing you can’t look away from the tragedy. Based on true events.  

It’s Our Time | Ssuuna Kakumba McKitty  

Follows the life of a young Black man in Atlanta exposing the truth untold. Through the characters’ own personal dilemmas, the story touches upon various social issues such as the destruction and dehumanization of black bodies, microaggressions, toxic masculinity, and sexism. 

Eli’s Liquor Store | Directed by Alonzo Jones   

Eli’s Liquor Store is set in Koreatown circa 1999. It’s the story of Elijah Gooden, a 43-year-old African American man from Atlanta, Georgia. With a degree from Georgia Tech University, he worked in corporate America before moving his family to Los Angeles to start his own business.  

Super High: A Period Piece | Directed by Bianca Lambert  

In the semi-autobiographical short film Super High: A Period Piece, Amanda battles excruciating period pain caused by fibroids. Desperate for relief, she experiments with a celebrity cannabis brand’s edibles. A dosage mishap catapults her into a surreal, anxiety-filled journey until she awakens.  

Under False Colors | Directed by Mickaela Bradford  

In Reconstruction Era Memphis, two Black women redefine the words freedom and community by holding and healing one another in the aftermath of a historic massacre. 

This year, the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival Advisory Council will provide leadership for the continuous growth and sustainability of the festival. The distinguished members include: 

  • Kiah ClingmanFilm Producer, Writer/Director, KiahCan Productions   
  • Angela Harmon, Founder, Angela’s Harmony Productions   
  • Robert Harrell, Director, Strategic Marketing & Partnerships, Kenneth Roberts Agency   
  • Adell Henderson, Publisher, AcknowledgeMINT   
  • Brooke SonenreichEvents and Education Director, Moonshine Post; Founder, ATLFilmParty   
  • Bronwyn StallcupProduction Manager, DeKalb Entertainment Commission; Membership Chair, Georgia Production Partnership  
  • Elisee Junior St. Preux, Film Producer, Writer/Director, A La Mode Films  
  • Korstiaan Vandiver, Film Producer, Writer/Director, Blue Angel Entertainment 

The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival schedule will be available on August 6. For more information, visit morehousehumanrightsfilmfestival.com. 

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About Morehouse College

Founded in 1867, Morehouse College is the nation’s only college founded to educate men of color. Ranked as Georgia’s top liberal arts college for men, Morehouse produces more Black men who go on to receive doctorates than any other college in the country and is a top feeder school for Black men entering prestigious graduate schools and MBA programs. Also named Georgia’s #1 small college, Morehouse educates a selective group of 2,200 students each year, 60 percent of whom come from families with household incomes of $40,000 or less, yet many of which are highly recruited by Fortune 500 companies. The College has created more Rhodes Scholars than any other HBCU and has the #1 core curriculum among HBCUs nationally. It is the nation’s top producer of Black male graduates in the social sciences, and the top HBCU producer of Black male graduates in business administration, management, operations, English, foreign languages, Mathematics, statistics, philosophy, religious studies, and physical sciences. As the national epicenter for thought leadership on human rights and equity. Morehouse is committed to helping the nation address the challenges caused by institutional racism, income and health care disparities, lack of access to capital, detrimental public policy, and the need for high-quality education. Learn more about Morehouse College at morehouse.edu.

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