Food films: what to watch at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia?
The 11th annual BlackStar Film Festival – a cultural festival that celebrates the work of BIPOC storytellers and filmmakers – kicked off in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 3, with screenings of shorts and features, as well as panels, workshops and talks. parties to attend all around the city. The festival, which runs through Sunday, August 7, is always a highlight of Philadelphia’s cultural calendar. This year’s festival is no different.
As with all art, food has its place on the table at the festival, with several of BlackStar’s 77 shorts and features centering on themes of family celebrations, culinary traditions, sustenance and more. Overwhelmed by a huge selection of movies to choose form? Start with these six shorts, all of which are centered around or based on how food influences people’s lives.
Buy individual tickets to watch any of the feature films and series of shorts, or purchase an all-access or virtual-only pass online.
Patty versus Patty
Directed by Chris Strikes
Directed by Chris Strikes, Patty versus Patty is a short documentary that tells the story of Jamaican-Canadian bakers who clash with the government over Jamaican beef patties.
You can look Patty versus Patty in person or via virtual streaming starting Saturday, August 6. Individual tickets can be purchased here.
You can always come home
Directed by Juan Luis Matos
This 6-minute short examines how tradition, ritual, love and celebration come together in a black diaspora home.
You can stream You can always come home virtually. Individual tickets can be purchased online.
The Syed Xmas Eve Game Night
Directed by Fawzia Mirza
A holiday celebration is the best place to introduce your spouse to your family, right? In The Syed Xmas Eve Game Nighta queer couple tries to find out.
You can look The Syed Xmas Eve Game Night in person or via virtual streaming starting Friday, August 5. Individual tickets can be purchased online.
Directed by Evelyn Mercedes Muñoz Marroquin
A generation of women from the Nahua community of Hueyapan, Puebla, show what resistance, rebellion and self-love look like.
You can broadcast earth woman virtually. Individual tickets can be purchased online.
Directed by Kevin Jerome Everson
In a black-and-white silent film, director Kevin Jerome Everson captures the routine of a neighborhood butcher in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.
You can stream by Weidle virtually. Individual tickets can be purchased online.
Tonight we eat flowers
Directed by Bettina Escauriza
The edible flowers appear in the short Tonight we eat flowers, in which a gourmet chef and a “music on hold” salesman fall in love. Bonus: director Bettina Escauriza is a resident of Philadelphia.
You can look Tonight we eat flowers in person or via virtual streaming starting Sunday, August 7. Individual tickets can be purchased online.