Doors open 30 minutes before the start time of each day. Guests arriving after start times may experience delayed entry once screenings begin.
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Reception and Featured Screening
Special Guests Jerald Harkness & Tina Cosby Indianapolis Art Center
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Full Screening Day
Indianapolis Art Center
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
There will be a 10-minute intermission after each screening block on Saturday and Sunday.
Join us as we kick off IBDFF 2022 with a special program to honor award-winning Indianapolis filmmaker Jerald Harkness. Tina Cosby of Radio One Indianapolis will lead a moderated discussion with Harkness followed by a special screening of his latest documentary, The Glories of Our Journey: A Community Story.
Opening Night Reception will be in person at the Indianapolis Art Center.
Directed by Jerald Harkness
This documentary tells the story of John Hope School No. 26, which for many decades was an important part of the Martindale Brightwood neighborhood in Indianapolis. Bound together by a spirit of love and resilience, the school served a flourishing neighborhood and demonstrated community at its best.
Day 2 screenings will be in person at the Indianapolis Art Center.
Guests arriving after block start times may experience delayed entry once screenings begin.
* Denotes Q&A immediately following screening block.
Directed by Vincent Singleton
From 1988-2002 over 200 African American students from Wilberforce University in Ohio went to Israel each summer to observe the political, social, and educational environment. This is their story and impact.
Directed by Evangeline M. Mitchell
When these five Black lawyers set out on their journeys to receive a professional legal education, they discover the contradictions of studying in an institution that idealistically represents justice for all.
Directed by Darien Taylor
Former high school basketball star, Kojak Fuller, uses his life's tragedies to help the youth in his community flourish.
Directed by Tayo Giwa
The Sun Rises in The East chronicles the birth, rise, and legacy of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens and young adults in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Directed by Tina Canady
Breathing Black follows nine Black Baltimoreans as they find joy amidst the global COVID-19 Pandemic and a summer of reckoning.
Directed by Charles Crouch and Corbin Coleman
As a follow-up to I'm Good Bro: Unmasking Black Male Depression, this documentary opens a dialogue about the impact of the year 2020 on black men in America.
*Directed by Dr. Tyron Cooper, Ethan Gill, Haley Semian
Through this docuseries, the wealth of materials within Indiana University's Archives of African American Music and Culture comes alive. This episode features Dr. Portia Maultsby, Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology in IU’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, founding director of the IU Soul Revue, and the founding director of the AAAMC.
Directed by David Weathersby
It's Different in Chicago is an anthology documentary that tells the story of how House music and Hip-Hop culture complemented and competed with each other leading to deep revelations about the different segments within the Black community of Chicago.
Directed by Bayer Mack
John Brown is dead, but the African American fight for freedom continues. After northern industrialists and southern planters work together to create a booming Antebellum economy and class system based on cotton and cheap immigrant labor, the country splits over the issue of slavery and descends into a bloody Civil War.
*Directed by Erica Stevenson
Join 89-year-old retired educator and 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Opal Lee, often referred to as the Grandmother of Juneteenth, as she begins a years-long campaign to make her vision of Juneteenth becoming a federally recognized holiday a reality.
Directed by Jon Osaki
Reparations explores the four-century struggle to seek repair and atonement for slavery in the United States. Black and Asian Americans reflect on the legacy of slavery, the inequities that persist, and the critical role that solidarity between communities has in acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in America.
Directed by Aaron Turner
Prior to 1934, the University of Evansville (UE) did not admit Black students due to racist, discriminatory laws and policies in effect in the United States. Produced by a 1980 EU graduate, this documentary profiles the stories of the first Black students and Black student organizations once the doors opened.
Directed by Ohlone College
Fall 2021 Documentary Production Class
A student produced documentary that uncovers racism at a Northern California community college and covers some of the administration's responses and strategies in light of the George Floyd murder.
Directed by Tiffani Marie
Following students within a unique program, this documentary disrupts the belief that increased schooling leads to social and economic uplift, critical thinking, and a sustainable sense of purpose.
Directed by Paul B. Kim
A young preacher contemplates walking away from his calling as he struggles to revitalize his congregation in an economically depressed region of the South.
*Directed by Damon Jamal Taylor A triumphant docu-musical that highlights the often-overlooked Black father's point of view, Black Daddy: The Movie follows a group of like-minded men as they share stories of the joy, pain, and complexities of Black fathers in America.
*Directed by Keisha Jordan
This documentary unpacks the complex realities of living with lupus, exposing the emotional journeys of not only lupus warriors, but also their caregivers, loved ones, and friends.
*Directed by Pamela Hart Vines
Isolated Hope: Navigating the New Normal explores the emotional and physical struggles brought on by the pandemic and the ways that some in Washington D.C. are finding closure.
Directed by Dave Steck*
In this short documentary about representation and the power of seeing yourself included in popular culture, Duro Wicks shows some of his personal collection and talks about his passionate drive to find and collect Black action figures.
*Directed by Ethan Gill and Haley Semian
Episode 2 of the AAAMC Speaks docuseries features Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, one of the America's most sought-after, multi-talented musicians who transverses genres from classical to gospel to jazz.
*Directed by Christopher Wilkinson
Six Jazz legends gather at the Catalina Jazz club to discuss the style and personality of Miles Davis. Originally filmed as research for the 2015 film, Miles Ahead, the conversation was so compelling it was released as a standalone documentary.
Directed by Tiffany Brown
Upon recalling old memories and visiting previously owned property, a newly 18-year-old kid uncovers unknown family stories and hidden mysteries in the state of Louisiana.
*Directed by Alyse Tucker Bounds
Through a series of interviews with community members in Columbus, Indiana, this documentary aims to start the conversation about race in small-town America and making safer places for everyone to live.
Directed by Beret E. Strong and Katrina Miller
Exploration of the gap between the progressive self-image of Boulder, Colorado and the lived experiences of its small but resilient Black community is interwoven with the firsthand recollection of Zayd Atkinson, a university student who was threatened by an armed police officer outside his dorm and lived to tell the story many Black men do not survive to tell. This is [Not] Who We Are opens pathways for dialogue, insight, and change.