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

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BlackStar Projects

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 couple faces each other in a hallway surrounded by Christmas decorations.

Always from The Syed Xmas Eve Game Nightdirected by Fawzia Mirza.
BlackStar Projects

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.


earth woman

Directed by Evelyn Mercedes Muñoz Marroquin

A row of women sit and knit together while wearing colorful decorative shawls.

Always from earth woman, directed by Evelyn Mercedes Muñoz Marroquín.
BlackStar Projects

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.


by Weidle

Directed by Kevin Jerome Everson

A man stands behind the counter of a butcher shop in a black and white photo.

Always from by Weidledirected by Kevin Jerome Everson.
BlackStar Projects

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

A couple talk to each other in a living room.

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BlackStar Projects

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.

Gerald R. Schneider