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The Black Hollywood Education Resource Center (BHERC) opens the 28th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase on Friday, August 19, with “A Great Day in Black Hollywood” ceremony at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in South Los Angeles.

The in-person and virtual festival continues over the weekend with the premiere of several films at the Cinemark XD and 18 Theater Howard Hughes Center, located at 6081 Center Drive in Los Angeles.  Tickets for screenings are available at www.bherc.org as well as viewed on www.bherc.TV.

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The following films will make their debut:

Saturday, August 20, 6 p.m.

  • “with salt…” – Phyllis Bancroft, director. When Natalie an ambitious college student impromptu date takes an unexpected turn, silence is easier, but at what cost?
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Saturday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.

  • “Growing Down” – Robert McCune; writer/director. Jerricho, a fresh high school graduate, who attempts to navigate his way into adulthood, but growing up never felt so hard.
  • “Virtual Marriage” – Quentin Cameron, director – A loving and passionate 20-year marriage with children and full of quality time together, yet they have never met in person.
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Friday, August 26, 7 p.m.

  • “The Last Slave Cabin: Hidden In Plain View” – Brandon Murray, director/producer. Past owners of this property believed it to be “just a garage,” but the research of a local St. Augustine, Florida historian, David Nolan, discovered its original purpose – the housing of slaves.
  • “Schooldemic” – Alcee H. Walker, director. Four families across the nation adjust their lives to a new normal as the pandemic shut down schools in 2020.
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Saturday, August 21, 3:30 p.m.

  • “Marian Anderson: Marian Anderson: The Whole World In Her Hands” – Rita Coburn, director- An exploration of the life, career, art, and legacy of the African American contralto and civil rights pioneer in her own words using archival interview recordings. Marian Anderson’s singing and speaking voice are heard throughout the documentary, providing a new understanding of the woman behind the music.
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Saturday, August 21, 8:30 p.m.

  • “American Justice On Trial” – Andrew Abrahams, director/producer, Herb Ferrette, director- The untold story behind the murder trial of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton. A landmark case that put racism on the stand.
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Sunday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.

  • “The Secret Weapon: Yesterday Is Today” – Ken Saoges, director. A group of bright teenagers defy both their parents and the status quo, forever changing the segregated atmosphere of the 1960s.