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Black Laurel Films uses the cinematic narrative to normalize the presence of women of color as equitable partners in creative visual storytelling without sacrificing their intersectionality in the cinematic gaze.

  • Black Laurel Films explores the social, aesthetic and political contexts of Black women in society through film, television and media, and how Black women are viewed through the moving image while at the same time being rendered voiceless and invisible.
  • Unlike passive cinematic programming, Black Laurel Films is solution-oriented and works toward a consistent praxis of addressing equity in the cinematic arts through quality program delivery, creative and innovative films, metrics, and a sustainable model of distribution, film events, and education.
  • Black Laurel Films will disrupt the formalist and ideological domination of Hollywood to normalize the Black female presence in film and filmmaking.

By placing the legacy of Black women into a corner of history, society fails to understand the economic, educational, political, and social importance of a large segment of Black communities around the world; a segment that in part maintains the continuity of culture, historical legacy, accomplishments and vision of embattled communities throughout the world while also having their value diminished daily.

The festival is a forum for dialogue between the perceived image of Black women from around the world to the empowered projected image of Black women through their own lens. The films presented are a bridge to overcoming our notions of stereotyped images of Black women in order to understand the importance, contributions and complexities that go unspoken in presenting the place of Black women in society.