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BLACK SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 — January 24 – 29.
By Margrira, Contributing Writer
Published December 7, 2022

Déborah Lukumuena and Le’Shantey Bonsu appear in Girl by Adura Onasile, an official selection of the World Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute. | Photo by Saskia Coulson.

There are twenty one filmmakers that identify as “Black” showcasing their newest projects as directors and producers at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. “The Stroll” directed by Kristen Lovell; “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” directed by Joe Brewster;  “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt” directed by Raven Jackson; “Magazine Dreams” directed by Elijah Bynum; “Bravo, Burkina!” directed by Wale Oyejide; “Kokomo City” directed by D. Smith; “To Live and Die and Live” directed by Qasim Basir; “Young. Wild. Free.” directed by Thembi L. Banks; “Invisible Beauty” directed by Bethann Hardison;” Cassandro directed by Roger Ross Williams; “Rye Lane” directed by Raine Allen-Miller; “Milisuthando” directed by Milisuthando Bongela; “Girl” directed by Adura Onashile; “Mami Wata” directed by C.J. Fiery” Obasi; “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” directed by Michèle Stephenson; “Little Richard: I Am Everything” directed by Lisa Cortés; “A Thousand and One” directed by A.V. Rockwell; “A Thousand and One,” Lena Waithe (producer); “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt,” Barry Jenkins (producer); “To Live and Die and Live & Fancy Dance,” Forest Whitaker (producer), and “Young. Wild. Free.,” Baron Davis (producer).

A still from Young. Wild. Free. by Thembi Banks, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute. | photo by Tommy Oliver.

Under the category of “Black Stories” here is the list of films screening at Sundance 2023: “Magazine Dreams,”  “A Thousand And One,” “All Dirt Roads Taste Of Salt,” “Rye Lane,”
Mami Wata,” “Girl,” “The Stroll,” “Drift,” “Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Story,”
“Little Richard: I Am Everything,” “Milisuthando,” “Kokomo City,” “ To Live and Die and Live,” “Bravo, Burkina!,” “Young. Wild. Free,” “ Invisible Beauty,” “SLAM” (From the Collection), “Talk to Me,” and “Landscape with Invisible Hand.”

The 2023 Festival will take place January 19–29, 2023, in person in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Resort, along with a selection of films available online across the country January 24–29, 2023. Festival goers will once again return to theaters to discover this upcoming years most impactful independent stories. In-Person Ticket Packages are currently on sale through December 16, Online Ticket Packages go on sale December 13 at 10 a.m. MT, and single film tickets go on sale January 12 at 10 a.m. MT.

A still from All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt by Raven Jackson, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jaclyn Martinez

The full slate of works announced today, along with the From the Collection films previously announced, includes 101 feature-length films representing 23 countries. The 2023 program is made up of 32 of 115 (28%) feature film directors who are first-time feature filmmakers, and 17 of the feature films and projects announced today were supported by Sundance Institute in development through direct granting or residency labs. World premieres make up 93, or 94%, of the Festivals 99 feature films and these films were selected from 15,855 submissions, including 4,061 feature-length films. Of the 4,061 feature film submissions, 1,662 were from the U.S., and 2,399 were international.

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