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NOVEMBER 12-29, 2020

The second annual Visions of the Black Experience film series celebrates and illuminates the historical, social, and cultural aspects of black life through film. The program includes a unique selection of previously-made documentaries, narrative films, and shorts, as well as new works by emerging filmmakers. Live Q&A’s with filmmakers, panel discussions, and educational opportunities will offer a deeper exploration of the themes of the festival. Themes that will be explored this year will include films by and for youth and young adults, black health and healthcare, and Afrofuturism. While organized in Sarasota, Florida, the online format will allow us to engage audiences locally and around the world.

The series is a collaboration involving the Sarasota Film Festival, New College of Florida, the Boxser Diversity Initiative, the Ringling Museum, the Multicultural Health Institute, and the Manasota ASALH, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. 

Due to COVID-19, the presentation of this year’s program will be primarily via a virtual format.

This year’s Visions showcases over 30 features and narrative and documentary shorts, including local and international films focused on vital themes like social justice, healthcare in the black community, police brutality, and more. The feature program includes a Chadwick Boseman retrospective, with the films 42 and GET ON UP, locally-made films 9/11 KIDS, INTO THE STORM, THROUGH THE TUNNEL, and SINCERELY, THE BLACK KIDS, acclaimed festival selections PAHOKEE and AMERICAN TRIAL: THE STORY OF ERIC GARNER, and many more.