festival dates

september 12-15 2019

What is Afrikana?



Afrikana is a space that celebrates, elevates, and further validates Black stories, Black voices, and Black lives. Our film festival showcases the cinematic works of people of color from around the world, we place a special focus on the global Black narrative. Our mission is to present high-quality, well-crafted stories that highlight the diaspora and encourage people to connect.


2019 Spotlight Events

virginia PREMIERE

The remix: hip hop X fashion

FRIDAY night spotlight:

Meet us at the Institute for Contemporary Art for the VA premiere of

The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion by award-winning filmmakers, Lisa Cortes and Farah X. A story of the influencers who shifted the culture and created some of the most legendary looks in hip-hop.


Screening followed by a Hip-Hop and Fashion panel discussion with designer, Dapper Dan, celebrity stylist Misa Hylton, fashion designer April Walker, and the films co-directors, Lisa Cortes and Farah X.

Friday, Sept 13

Location: Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU 

Cocktail Hour w/ DJ 7p I Screening 8p




Saturday matinee event

the central park five


Saturday spotlight:

Meet us back at the ICA for an encore screening of The Central Park Five documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns. This film, originally released in 2012, takes a deep dive into the Central Park Five case that inspired the critically acclaimed Netflix series, When They See Us by director Ava DuVernay.

Screening followed by moderated discussion with Central Park Five exoneree, Raymond Santana.

Saturday, Sept 14

Location: Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU 

Doors 12p I Screening 12:30p


Opening night reception

afrikana x angry black female

clips & convo: Harriet



Thursday night:

Help us kick-off the 4th Annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival with an

Afrikana x Angry Black Female panel that will use snippets from the highly anticipated film, Harriet to explore how her legacy of liberation and self-determination can influence how we move forward.   


Pre-screening vibes courtesy of Calvin Presents. Refreshments provided.

Thursday, Sept 12

Location: The Valentine

Reception Begins I 7p I Free Admission





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Celebrity Stylist, Misa Hylton

Hip Hop and Fashion Panel