Obsidian: Black Queer Filmmakers

12 August to 22 August 2021


A spotlight on Black and African directors and filmmakers shaping cinematic storytelling across the diaspora. This shorts program includes a diverse collection of films, innovatively highlighting the beauty and complexity of the African experience. Obsidian is an opportunity for Vancouver audiences to share in the intersectional and nuanced power of Black Queer artistic expression.

This year in alignment with the theme of longing, we explore six stories rooted in Black possibility. Films that invite us to witness truth seeking and self-repair, Black lives in demand of alternative frameworks for resistance. From spiritual connectivity, to protest, to romance, we explore the essentiality of relentless longing. An action-based wanting, a reclamation of past and future existences.

Total runtime: 150 mins.

One Life to Blossom

Alexandrina Andre / USA / 2021 / 55 mins / English

Keeping it Real

Malique Lee Moore / France / 2020 / 14 mins / French


Effy Adar / Canada / 2021 / 3 mins / English

Masisi Wouj

Zé Kielwagen, Marcos Serafim, Steevens Simeon / Haiti / 2021 / 22 mins / Haitian


Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim / Nigeria / 2020 / English / 11 mins


Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho / Brasil / 2020 / 20 mins / Brasilian Portuguese