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Sister Power Returns to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus with Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Oct. 15-16

Free screening of “In our Heads about our Hair”


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

Reel SistersBrooklyn, N.Y. – A stimulating selection of more than 25 films produced, directed or written by women of color from Brooklyn to Great Britain will be featured during the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus this month.

The theme of the 14th annual festival is "From Cleopatra Jones to First Lady Michelle Obama: Exploring Feminism in Film & Media." It will invoke a dynamic conversation on how women of color are portrayed and their contributions to expanding the definition of feminism in today's society.

The two-day festival, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Campus "Media Arts Department and African Voices magazine, will be held at the Campus" Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, at 1 p.m. on both days. Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn.

The community is invited to a free screening of "In Our Heads about Our Hair," celebrating with history and humor the tradition of Black HAIRitage. The film will be screened on Saturday, October 15, at 8:40 p.m., followed by a short questions and answers sessions. To R.S.V.P. for the screening, call (347) 534-3304 or e-mail

Reel Sisters concludes with an awards ceremony and reception, featuring live dance and emceed by WBAI radio show host Esther Armah. Honored during the event will be Moikgantsi Kgama, the founder of Image Nation Cinema Foundation, and Pearl Bowser, a pioneering filmmaker and author.

For a full schedule of events and movies and tickets, visit or; or call (718) 488-1624 or (212) 865-2982. Tickets: A two-day pass is $25; one-day pass is $15; additional $10 for awards program and reception. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups.

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival is supported in part by Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th C.D., Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council, The New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Festival Highlights

"Harriet Returns" is a short film in which Harriet Tubman urgently returns to modern times to emancipate two young wanna-be rappers who use the "N" word as a term of endearment. She believes they have enslaved themselves.

"The Future Wags of Great Britain"
Missy and Kim are two very different sisters. Missy is a regular clubber while Kim is a studious high-achiever. But when times get tough, they unite in a plan to gamble their way to success.

"The Black Cage"
What would you do if you woke up trapped? Confined behind a locked door in a mysterious metal cage with no recollection of where you are or how you got there? The reality is that, many people wake up in the cage everyday without realizing it. They hold the key to their own Black cage, but are too nervous to release themselves from their restrictions.

"Truth about Beauty and Blogs"
A social media diva is thrown off her game when her boyfriend's web activities start to interfere with her picture-perfect image.

"Urban Lullaby"
A stressed-out artist is at the breaking point in her noisy Bronx neighborhood.

Danielle feels like the littlest person in the room. Her job as the script coordinator for a wildly popular television drama sounds exciting, but with a job description of "copy, collate, repeat," she doesn't quite agree. When producers introduce plans to shoot an ill-conceived "urban" episode of the show, Danielle finally feels compelled to use her voice. But will it be big enough?

"Little Brother: The Street"
Little Brother is a series of films in which young African American boys share their relationship with Love. As a follow up to the debut film, "Little Brother: Things Fall Apart," this second chapter has the camera accompanying young men during their walk home from school on the very active streets of Chicago's inner city. "Little Brother: The Street" is filmed entirely on the iPhone4.

"Severed Souls"
In 1946, amid conflicting evidence, Corrine Sykes, a petite, mentally challenged 20-year-old maid was tried, sentenced and executed for murder. Severed Souls is a documentary, which chronicles the community memory and the filmmaker's haunted connection to the case.

"The Naked Option"
An inspiring story of an organized group of Nigerian women who use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices heard. The courageous Emem J. Okon leads them in their perilous struggle to hold multinational oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate. These women are taking over where men have failed, transforming their "naked power" into 21st-century political action.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 10/03/2011

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