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By Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The BlackStar Film Festival showcases the work of independent filmmakers that tell the story of Black people around the world. It will feature 74 films at its second annual event here in Philadelphia.

Nicknamed the “Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the BlackStar Film festival will celebrate the visual story telling traditions of people of African descent.

Films range from those like “Mother of George” about the life of South African immigrants living in New York or “Question Bridge” which includes interviews with Black men from across the country about race and life.

“A lot of these stories, many of them, won’t be seen on the big screen,” says Founder Maori Karmel Holmes. “Because of the economics of the film industry, we end up watching a lot of stuff on Netflix, on our computers or on our phones. This film festival offers an opportunity to see these films on the big screen in community with other people.”

The BlackStar Film Festival is presented by the Knight Foundation and will run August 1st through 4th at various venues across the city.

For more information visit: blackstarfest.org.

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