The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film is the Stone Center’s annual series spotlighting films from all corners of the AfricanMore diaspora.
The 2021 festival is VIRTUAL. The films will be available for a 24 hour window starting at midnight, on the date of the screening.

Registration required to received information on virtual screenings and invitations to ZOOM discussion events. Registration is free.

“That’s Wild” (2020)
Dir.: Michiel Thomas | 63 min | Feature Documentary | USA

Growing up in Atlanta can be hard as highlighted by three real-life protagonists in That’s Wild. Sixteen-year-old Clifford tries to fill the void of his incarcerated father, 13-year-old Ahmani struggles with the aftermath of a homeless childhood, and 13-year-old Nicholas grapples with episodes of depression. When the boys sign up for the after-school program Wilderness Works, they quickly begin to unpack the negative pressures that surround them in their day-to-day lives.CO-PROGRAMMING: These virtual screenings and the roundtable are co-sponsored by the Ackland Film Forum and the Department of English and Comparative Literature in celebration of the department’s 225th anniversary.

THE UNDRGROUND RAILROAD (Series | Amazon): Across his three feature films to date (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight, and If Beale Street Could Talk), Barry Jenkins has devised a new cinematic vocabulary for the portrayal of Black experience in the United States. With sumptuous imagery and hypnotic soundscapes, Jenkins has embraced aesthetic beauty as a strategy for addressing the past and present injustices that bear on the lives of marginalized characters. His 2021 miniseries, The Underground Railroad is adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. A haunting, atmospheric account of two runaway slaves in the Antebellum South, the series is Jenkins’ most daring directorial work yet.