2018 FESTIVAL DETAILS
What is Afrikana?
Afrikana is a film festival dedicated to showcasing 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 celebrate the diaspora and encourage people to connect.
MC, Artist, Advocate
Official Afrikana Afterparty DJ
Meet us at The Grace Street Theater on Friday, Sept 15 for the RVA Premiere of the documentary, Chasing Trane, about the life of the legendary Saxophonist, John Coltrane. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with artist and advocate, Talib Kweli, RVA saxophonist, Plunky Branch, and more. Then head over to The Hofheimer Building for the first Afrikana Afterparty of the weekend dj'd by Talib Kweli!! It's going down!!
Actress, Comedian, DJ
Saturday night spotlight
Join us at The Grace Street Theater on Saturday, Sept 16, for a conversation with , Amanda Seales. We will screen the the hit TV series, Insecure, followed by a post-screening artist talk with the Insecure actress, comedian, and social advocate. Amanda will also DJ the official Afrikana Afterparty at The Hof! Be there!
OWNER, AKWAABA B&B
THURSDAY night spotlight
Kick off the the 2nd Annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival at The Black History Museum with our opening night reception featuring live entertainment, the unveiling of Afrikana's first photo exhibition, LOVES JONES RVA, and a sneakpeek at the new OWN Network reality series, Checked Inn, about the largest Black-owned bed & breakfast on the east coast, AKWAABA! Owner, Monique Greenwood, her family, and head of marketing, Richmond's own, Melody Short, will be in attendance!
Akosua Adoma owusu
Saturday Afternoon spotlight
The RVA Arts District is going to be alive with global Black cinema all day Saturday and we are excited to have Ghanain-American filmmaker, Akosua Adoma Owusu join us to make it pop, that much more! Join us as we screen her award-winning short films, Bus Nut and Reluctantly Queer!