Jun 15, 2023 - Things to Do

American Black Film Festival kicks off in Miami Beach

A farmer featured in "Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land." Photo: Courtesy of the documentary

The 27th annual American Black Film Festival runs through Sunday in Miami Beach.

  • The event brings together Black artists for panels and parties, and "showcases a wide range of content made by and about people of African descent."

What we're watching: The documentary "Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land" premieres at 1:15pm today at O Cinema South Beach.

  • Between the end of slavery and 1910, Black Americans had come to own about 14% of total arable land in the U.S., according to the filmmakers.
  • Now, 90% of those holdings have slipped from Black owners, largely because of a little-known issue called Heirs' Property. Family members inherited land without the proper legal paperwork or a clear title, leaving Black farmers unable to qualify for financing or agricultural programs.
  • The film explores how landowners are now reclaiming their agricultural rights and aiming to establish generational wealth.

Zoom in: Other films on the schedule include:

  • "They Cloned Tyrone": An unlikely trio (John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris) sniff out a nefarious government conspiracy.
  • "The Blackening": Friends reunite for a Juneteenth weekend getaway but end up in a remote cabin with a killer.
  • "I'm a Virgo": This coming-of-age tale from director Boots Riley focuses on Cootie, a 13-foot-tall young Black man in Oakland, California.

If you go: Passes are sold out but limited tickets ($12 and up) are available on site for individual film screenings.


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