The CineOdyssey Film Festival celebrates and gives voice to filmmakers of color from the African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, and Native American diasporas as well as the U.S. It serves to bring together diverse audiences, bridge cultural understanding, and encourage the artistic development of aspiring filmmakers.
CineOdyssey is presenting a Film Showcase in June, 2023, in hour of Juneteenth and Black Music Month. The films will be screened at The Independent Picture House, 4237 Raleigh Street, Charlotte, NC. One of the films, WattStax, is free, and also includes pre-show entertainment.
Friday, June 16, 2023
The past and present collide as three generations of Angolan women grapple with the aftermath of civil war. Nayola, the daughter who goes missing in search of her freedom fighter husband, Yara the granddaughter, a rebellious, subversive teenage rapper, and Lelena, the sage grandmother who tries to shield Yara from the police. Filmed with a bold color palette, “Nayola” is a mythic, thrilling story about the legacy of war uniquely told from a female perspective.
WattStax 50th Anniversary Screening: In Celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month
Saturday, June 17, 2023
50th Anniversary screening of the classic music documentary film regarded in some circles as the “Black Woodstock”. Preceded by musical performances by poet Jah Smalls, Hip Hop artist Nani Layila, and “Fannie”, a short film about civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer.
Friday, June 30, 2023
A showcase of favorite past, present, and future short films of the CineOdyssey Film Festival. Select producers and directors of these short films will be in attendance for post screening Q&A.