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Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival: shining light on black indie movies, building community

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Black cinema has always been an independent movement.

For a century, African-Americans have struggled to get into movies, let alone become part of the Hollywood mainstream. Countless independent films, actors and directors have paved the way, slowly, over decades. 

There were “race films” of the 1920s; Blaxploitation cinema of the 1970s; Halle Berry becoming the first black woman to win an Academy Award for best actress in 2003.

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival has more modest goals, but the spirit is the same. The fest will host a marathon of African-American films in Atlas Cinemas at Shaker Square Sept. 12 through Sept. 20.

Story by John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer

Article source: https://expo.cleveland.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/09/aa06d5ed123682/greater-cleveland-urban-film-festival-shining-light-on-black-indie-movies-building-community-.html

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