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Chris Hyums (left) Lena Waite, Rishi Rajani, Lafaun Davis (right) and Indeed Rising Voices Filmmakers. (Photo Credit – Getty Images – Arturo Holmes)

Perhaps the surprising lack of interesting films at the Tribeca 2022 Film Festival is a direct result of the impact of COVID-19, and in a strange way, I sincerely hope that is the only reason.

There were several interesting films in the documentary section, including Jennifer Lopez’s Halftime, which opened the festival (currently streaming on Netflix), and the short documentary Nicholas Brothers: Story Weather and the very good A Story of Bones.

Bone Story explores the life of Anina Van Neal, St. Helena’s chief environmental officer, and the troubled £ 285 million ($ 360 million) airport project. When she learns of the island’s most horrific atrocity – an unmarked mass grave of some 9,000 enslaved Africans in the Rupert Valley – it opens the door to research.

The reality of this alarming finding is essentially one of the most significant traces of the transatlantic slave trade still on earth. The sad truth about this finding is the haunting fact that there are more (unknown) injustices. Now Anina is fighting with the famous African-American defender Peggy King Jord and a group of disenfranchised islanders – many of whom are descendants of former slaves – for the proper remembrance of these forgotten victims. The resistance they face reveals disturbing truths about the colonial past and present of the United Kingdom.

The festival ended with a document by Josh Alexander, “Loudmouth”, which follows the winding path that is the life story of Al Sharpton as an iconic activist and spiritual leader. Scenes with Andrew Cuomo and other influential figures underscore what makes Sharpton so special as a storyteller and agitator. After the premiere, there was a conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton, Spike Lee and John Legend, moderated by Corey Murray.

Bone Story (courtesy photo)

As part of Indeed’s Rising Voices and in partnership with Lena Waithe and Hillman Grad Productions, they have created a program specifically designed to cover, invest and share stories created by BIPOC directors. In their second year, they can share that more than 1,000 jobs have been created through the program since its inception.

2022 Rising Voices presented 10 short films selected from thousands of recordings, but the ones that caught my eye were Kara Lawson’s Crooked Trees Gon Me Wings, Shanrika Evan’s Amina and Justin Floyd’s Malleable. But the one that shook my heart was Tara Motamedi’s “Before Dawn, Kabul Time,” which throws us into Afghanistan.

after the United States announced its withdrawal, leaving all foreign personnel and many Afghans trying to flee the country before the Taliban was completely taken over. Unfortunately, it is inspired by real events.

Hollywood, please keep a close eye on Tara Motamedi. This first-generation American was raised in a liberal Kurdish / Azerbaijani household and speaks three languages. She received a bachelor’s degree in film production and a master’s degree in screenwriting from the Brooks Institute. Her full-length screenplay “Under the Olive Tree”, influenced by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was honored by the WGA’s Inclusion and Equality Division in 2018 and became a semi-finalist in the 2019 Nicholl Fellowship.

Here are the winners of the audience awards for Tribeca Festival 2022, presented by OKX. These films were decided by the audience, who voted for their choice online and in person, including three categories – Best Feature Film, Best Short Story and Best Online Premiere.

Audience Award – Story

Our Father the Devil, directed by Eli Fumbi

Marie Cisse’s troubled past (Babetida Sajo) comes with the arrival of Father Patrick (Suleiman Si Savane), an African priest whom she recognizes from a horrific episode in her homeland.

Audience Award – Documentary

The Cave of Adullam, directed by Laura Chekaway

A heartfelt look at Detroit martial arts teacher Jason Wilson, who mentors young African-American boys, giving them the rare and priceless experience of being seen and cared for as vulnerable beings.

Second place: “Lifting”, directed by David Peterson. A look at the New York Theater Ballet’s LIFT project, which offers scholarships for the homeless, insecure at home and children at risk, exposing them to the beauty and discipline of ballet, often for the first time, helping them develop talent they never knew that they possess.

Audience Award – online

“Cherry” by director Sofia Galibert. A story about a 25-year-old without drifts and an unattached 25-year-old in Los Angeles who discovers she has only 24 hours to make one of the most consistent decisions of her life about what to do with an unplanned pregnancy.

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