This year’s S. E. Manly Short Film Showcase features films from across the globe, listed in alphabetical order below.
All films are shorts in length of 60 minutes or less and present a combination of documentaries and short films, from emerging filmmakers and representing diverse voices and storytelling.
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A professional boxer is forced to choose between his family and promising career after he's diagnosed with type one diabetes.
A below average child sets out to survive like every other day but encounters an unexpected outcome.
After the 2020 death of George Floyd, a biracial black man is faced with the decision to stay silent or fight for what he believes in against the conflicting views of his white fiancé.
An unemployed young man returns to his hometown to start a teaching job, so he can pay the bride price and marry his childhood lover. But he is confronted with unexpected challenges.
Peter, a white, middle-aged man, lives his life with the belief that racism as a topic is being blown out of proportion. He assumes that people leave their various countries to constitute a nuisance and turn every confrontation into racist accusations. On a fateful day that he has an encounter with a little black girl and her mom, he sleeps and lives a day as a black man in his own country. When he wakes up, he knows that his thoughts and perspectives will forever change. He has no choice but to make amends with the little girl he had an encounter with the previous day. He sees racism from A DIFFERENT LENS.
A little girl is found dead with a gun and telephone nearby. The quest to unravel the mystery of her death turns spouses against each other. Tensions grow until they find themselves in a grave site, about to kill and be killed
A heist turns sour when an unexpected witness arrives. The bandits must decide if getting rid of the "evidence" is worth it. The decision tests the limits of their trust in the midst of brewing deception.
The abrupt story of a dancer who instigates the attempts of a depressed young girl to find solace in dancing'
An African American cop is challenged when he is involved in an all too familiar tragic shooting of an unarmed teen. The following events challenge both his livelihood as well as him as an individual.
A rogue police officer and his impressionable cousin set up a faux drug deal in the midst of an FBI investigation.
A college student struggles to find influential African American historical figures to write about for their essay, receiving help from multiple historical figures... but in an unconventionally entertaining way.
Filmmakers make the long trip from Brooklyn, New York to Seoul, South Korea, exploring the various trends of Black-American culture hop hip hop music there. Gaining a deeper understanding of the appeal of hip hop music and style in Korea, they follow two underground Korean rappers as well as speak to various other individuals.
Blood at the Root is a short film centered around the magical experiences of a young Black man named Malik Baron (Oliver Smith-Perrin) set in the bayou of New Orleans and the magical HBCU Caiman University he attends.
Brothers by blood, best friends by choice. Brian and Brice show what it really means to be your brother’s keeper.
An 8-year-old girl takes matters into her own hands when her mom denies her information about her dad.
A young woman is badgered by a hostile neighbor until a deadly virus raises the stakes.
After having chronic writer’s block, a grieving sister finds solace in virtual reality.
Mason Connor Jr. has found trouble in his new neighborhood. He has become the target of Malik and Frankie's vicious attacks. When he reports the incidents and the issues remain, he decides to take matters into his own hands
When called out for being an "Oreo," Joaquin is thrown into a downward spiral trying to figure out his identity and prove to everyone he is "black enough.” But what does that really mean?
Amidst the unrest of a state due to insurgency rising from the uproar of citizens to end police brutality and a curfew imposed by the government, NNAMDI must choose between the risk of becoming a midwife for the first time for his wife, IVIE, or the danger of taking her to the hospital for proper professional attention.
When a young woman's mother passes, she has to find a way to create a balance between her needy father and husband who adore her
Set in the city of Lagos, Date Night tells the story of Foyeke, an erotic dancer who meets a seemingly cool guy on social media and decides to go on a date with him. The night starts off right until things get ugly.
Gerald, an African American teenager who believes in taking a stance against the injustice to his people, rebels against his father Jerome, a retired police officer who does not agree with the methods implemented by the BLM supporters in 2020. Feeling suffocated and unable to breathe, Gerald lashes out against his father’s opposing beliefs resulting in the imminent divide between them. Tensions rise and Gerald’s mother, Trisha, is caught in the fallout of this modern New York City family as they crumble under the pressures of different ideologies, racial injustice, and being Black in America.
Brought together to celebrate the holidays, a quiet, peculiar little girl puts a stop to her family’s squabbling and in doing so, finds power within herself.
After a tragic incident, Bernard, a retired police officer, is haunted by the events of that infamous night. Bernard experiences revenge staring back at him in the struggle between relations between civilians and police.
This mob drama focuses on the powerful African-American crime family, the Kings. When the Don aka "Pops", (the father of the Kings) dies, the King brothers take matters into their own hands, taking out whoever gets in their way on their search in finding out who took out the Don.
A middle aged, coloured skin man struggles through his life with Agoraphobia as he witnesses the news of Police brutality against the Black.
A woman is influenced by the cynical exploits of a media outlet.
Marnesba Tackett is an unsung hero in the Civil Rights Movement and an NAACP member for over 90 years. Her challenges were not only being a light-skinned person who refused to pass as "white," but also as a woman trying to burst through barriers in a male-dominated world. Thus, she fought against both racial and gender inequality in all she did. Responsible for bringing Martin Luther King to Los Angeles to share his message "we want to be free" with 30,000 people, this close friend of Rosa Parks fought for equality in the insurance industry, for equal housing practices, and was instrumental in desegregating and integrating schools for all children. Referred to as a relentless "feisty fighter," her lifelong activism combined with her strong self-esteem in being a proud Black woman helped pave the way towards equal rights
Charisma Harper, a vulnerable teenager, finds romance and comfort in a charming online boyfriend, Eli. Disturbances in her home life push her into the arms of her newfound love until Eli deceives Charisma. Then she is forced to leave her suburban life.
Following the advice of his therapist, Evan tries to find his passion while stuck in quarantine.
Fresh-M^N is a story of how quickly life can take a turn that you never expected. Faced with choices to do the right thing without questioning the consequences, a group of young men pledging a fraternity find themselves in a position that will alter their life’s journey and make them choose between fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a member of the illustrious fraternity or helping a college freshman who they have never met.
A young boy from Charlotte, NC discovers the difference between playing video games and dealing with Real Life turmoil when a family member becomes ill.
When Robert, a grieving widower, is convinced by his millennial grandson to try online dating, he encounters the unexpected and wonders if he could ever again find love and in this new way.
What would you do if you found out the plans of an undercover detective? What if that detective was from Wakanda? Alexander, a 14-year-old African American foster teen, runs away in search of a new life. What seemed like a good start at first quickly unfolds into a series of unexpected events. Events that you would’ve never guessed would happen. Tangzi, an undercover Wakanda detective, is sent to retrieve stolen vibranium from a hardcore gang. As prepared as he was for his mission, he would’ve never guessed a foster teen would be interfering with his plans of success. But, stressed out and not knowing what to do, Tangzi needs to find out how to resolve the situation. Or it will cost him his job. Maybe even his life. Filmmaker age: 14
For Donatus to keep his mother alive, he needs to do all it takes to get clean drinking water.
Trip is an aspiring musician who has one foot in the streets and the other in his music. A lifetime of poor decisions has placed him between the police and the mysterious figure, Mississippi Black, in 1945. He soon finds things are not always what they seem.
I was a 90's dancer is a digital documentary series highlighting some of the most memorable backup dancers of the 1990s. The pilot episode in this series features the iconic dance group Str8 Ahead better known as The Original BBD Dancers.
After a traumatic experience orchestrated by her mother to “cure her,” a teen runs away from home and discovers there is nothing wrong with who she wants to love.
Shana LeGrand is a self-centered businesswoman whose narcissism results in a hit-and-run crime. When she leaves the victim for dead, strange occurrences and faces haunt her. She shakes it off until her demons drive her to madness and leave her in a mental prison beyond her wildest fears.
Legacy is a short documentary that provides an intimate look into the life of an artist whose work has had a significant impact on society. Photographer Mark C. explores his process while reflecting on his viral photo of the Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower.
A singer, who lost her mind and her voice, must find a way to rediscover both while overcoming the circumstances of her past and present.
In the modern future, a couple attempts to reconcile their relationship by means of hypothetical environmental reconstruction of their circumstances.
A story about food sovereignty in the black Deep South during a global pandemic and how food and community tie everything and everyone together.
A conflicted young man contemplates coming out to his super religious mother, but what happens next is nothing like either of them expects. Preston suddenly finds himself between a rock and a hard place when he decides to share his authentic self with his pious mother, Sister. Will Preston regret making his mother privy to his sexual orientation? Or will Sister Lee forever rue the day that she chose between the love of her God and that of her son?
After the racially charged shooting of an unarmed teenager, an officer of color must decide whether to stand on the side of the law or seek justice for his community.
Miguel has always dreamed about Carnival in Rio and decided to visit the city of Rio de Janeiro in the year that the covid-19 pandemic prevented the revelry. Miguel meets Malu and Zé do Cavaco and reveals the unusual reason that brought him to the wonderful city, embarking with his new friends on an atypical and unforgettable carnival.
In Dakar West Africa, four young apprentice mechanics headed by Mawbé, a disabled person, forge a very strong friendship between them. Despite the difficulties, Mawbé keeps his feet on the ground thanks to the solidarity and sharing spirit of his gang. On a daily basis, he teaches the trade to his loyal gang. One day, Mawbé has a car accident. The children decide to design a memorable keepsake gift for her. For this, they will have to show solidarity, stay motivated and redouble their creativity despite their lack of financial means
A man searches for clues detailing the disappearance of his wife through a hidden diary he finds that was written by her, finding out she lived a life he had no idea about. Will he find her, or is this all just a big cover up?
My Skin Is Not A Sin is a powerful docushort that takes a provocative look at the disparity between the lived experience of Black moms versus White moms. Moreover, plus size model and inspirational speaker Nikkie Bendross and her two sons deliver striking personal accounts with painstaking detail.
A young woman's courage hides her abuse only to find she needs the people she's been hiding from to clean up the mess of her retaliation.
A recently young married couple arrive at their honeymoon suite where they will finally consummate their marriage. But when the revelation of one’s infidelity becomes known, it sends the relationship on a treacherous spin on their most special night.
Oxtail explores cultural differences and dialect in a light-hearted comical way: embracing Caribbean culture and vibes.
An out of work Calgarian oil worker turns to religion as the next source of his daily bread. When he encounters spiritual powers, he is forced to face the truth: is he truly called to serve or just serving a call?
History is always happening! And the Treal Toonz's "Peanut Headz" have got you covered when it comes to sharing quick bits of Black History on people, places and things! In fun and exciting ways! Our subject: Jesse Owens.
History is always happening! And the Treal Toonz's "Peanut Headz" have got you covered when it comes to sharing quick bits of Black History on people, places and things! In fun and exciting ways! Our subject: Peanut Headz - Lorraine Hansberry.
Pardoned Souls reminds us that looks can be deceiving and takes us through the childhood conflict in two young girls’ lives. One is an obvious ill-tempered bully. One a seemingly meek and docile pushover. It makes us look closer and listen harder. Its infectious sense of inner strength makes us find our own inner strength regardless of circumstances. We see a woman take a childhood lesson and grow into a person who stands for what is right and just, regardless of past mistakes. We see forgiveness, one of the hardest emotions there is to give and bestow upon ourselves. We see it bloom because of one little girl.
Run George is the story of a young man named George who is in dire straits and is about to reach a boiling point in his life. We meet him on a day in which he is in desperate need of a lot of money in order to pay his rent and continue to lead his ordinary life. He goes to his local bar and enters a pool competition in which he can make money by playing and winning against previous pool champions. Luckily George happens to be the best pool player around, but unfortunately he also happens to be an alcoholic. The irony is that the more he drinks, the better he gets. After getting paralytic, he manages to win the entire competition and acquire the money needed to pay his debts and live his best life. George wakes up the next day without any idea of whether or not he won and if he did, where the money is. His journey becomes a mission to recover the details of his night and while doing this, he finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant and there are very dangerous men looking for him.
Michael is a straight-A black student at West-Berry High School. His parents believe that this is beneficial to him in order to experience different people from all walks of life. Michael goes to class, does his work, and participates to the best of his ability. Unfortunately, this makes Michael an “Oreo.” Whenever he answers or does something good or profound, he is undermined by his black peers. These experiences make Michael have a severe identity crisis in which he begins to question his “blackness.” Michael often excludes himself from white and black students or activities associated with the two. He continues to go to class but he’s simply going through the motion. All of this comes to an abrupt halt when a traumatic experience solidifies his identity. He then must make a choice of how he’s going to continue to live his life after this experience.
A short documentary film focusing and exploring the taboo topic of Colourism/Shadeism. This film questions discrimination whilst exploring several different personal experiences. My aims are to bring the topic of colourism to life and raise awareness to all through interviews with ethnic women with stories to tell.
A group of five friends find themselves deep in the woods of Shadow Bay Park in search of a party. After discovering two dead bodies in the woods, the friends start to question whether they are next and who among them might be helping the enemy.
Sip is a 3D animated short that explores the inner world of our soul. It is a deeply conscious and spiritual work that takes a deep dive into the internal battles of the mind, which is all too familiar with many people. It is a stark reminder that all humans are fighting a battle to become better people.
In 950 BC, the relationship between the Queen of Sheba and her son is strained when he learns a life-changing secret about his father that the queen has hidden for his entire life.
Archived footage of Black history from the Caribbean, United Kingdom, United States and the African continent is interwoven with Black actors speaking directly to camera. Included are poems “A Negro Dreams of Rivers” by Langston Hughes and “Yemoja” by Olive Senior. The film is a balm to Black people's mental health now being assailed by images of violence and trauma.
A first-time Dad gets the wildest turn of events on what was meant to be just a peaceful day off work when he wakes into a tedious task he was clearly unprepared for: babysitting.
A message to women to stay alert and be mindful of their surroundings.
Destiny, an entitled fashionista, purchases a dress form from a local consignment shop, but when strange things start to happen, she must humble herself before it's too late.
When a conflicted seminary student struggles with his desires that call his moral integrity into question he enlists the help of a new AI, Reba.
After the killing of George Floyd, protests spread like wildfire throughout the US. On the eve of the 2020 presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement demands to have a conversation with America. This short documentary offers an intimate glimpse into the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement in the capital of Texas, through the unique lens of a European black woman who has just moved to the US.
On April 24th, 2021, I got my 2nd vaccination shot. It came with a tinge of hope as I'd been locked down like the rest of the world for over a year. Now mere months later, with the Delta variant running rampant, the vaccination rates of African-Americans have slowed and we're on the brink of another shutdown and outbreak. Why? In “Thee Who Hesitates,” I explore my own journey to getting vaccinated and ponder the question of why African-Americans and people of color are still hesitant to get theirs even as the disease continues to spread.
1970's "black cinema exploitation" style action film. Introducing "Black Belt Jim,” a soul brotha living in the wrong era, messing suckas up from left to right.
The Magical Root is a true story about a transformational time in the life of Frederick Douglass. It was the day he decided he was no longer a slave -- but a free man in a slave's body.
A young man learns the importance of being true to yourself.
The moral and spiritual partnership of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired their own cultural and racial communities and others to advocate for access, equity, and social justice in America. Many view the serendipity of their collaboration as providential. Their story offers a powerful and meaningful road sign as America travels a divided highway regarding issues of race.
Natalie decides after getting a divorce that she needs to find what makes her happy instead of living a life that everyone approves of. She chooses to leave her church and chooses shamanism. Her family being African American and Christian struggles with her choice and she must stand her ground. She dates a Haitian after her divorce and he helps her realize her spiritual gifts. This relationship also fails, but Natalie works on herself and is being guided by spirit guides into her next relationship
A group of friends go on the road trip of their lives.
The story of Frida, a young lady who has a tough decision to make: Leave her job or stay back and face harassment.
Randall, flat broke and in debt, discovers golden treasure in an ancient strong box. The treasure can be his...if he grants one small request.
Sarah, an immigrant and student, flees the Congo to build a new life in Canada, only to discover that the man who raped her, a professor at her former university, has found refuge in Canada as well. Tragically, he has no intention of ceasing his abuse of Sarah who takes desperate measures to stop him and protect her fragile freedom in her country of choice.
Soon after an ambitious young teacher accepts a new assignment at a Christian school, she is morally challenged by a traditional Christmas belief held by her students. What will her conscious and conviction lead her to do? Will she be able to face the consequences either way?
Pastor Lamont Taylor, his wife Treva, and their son, Timothy have worked diligently to create a place for all people to belong at Liberty in God Church. Their ministry has become the beckon of life and love in the small town of Millington, TN. One snowy, Sunday afternoon all of that changes.
A young man in a bar finds out that he has more in common with the patrons than he bargained for.
Darnell gives his co-workers a special going away present!
As a scientist convinces millions his therapy will heal the world crisis, a woman desires to experience a romance she will never remember.
Turfin is a short documentary giving a brief glimpse into the world of the Bay Area street dance called Turf Dancing
Under the Freeway is a powerful musical stage play turned into a short film depicting the authenticity of the consequences of life's decisions. You will be exposed to poverty, pain and truth that is in this community of people. Like the "Son of man had nowhere to lay his head", many people who are homeless have nowhere to lay theirs. The short film Under the Freeway, is the reality of day to day life in an encampment.
It’s hot, its Summer and its Sadie’s birthday but she doesn’t really feel like celebrating, Black Lives Matter is exploding on the streets of London, there is tension and change in the air. Social media is forcing people to outsource their memories, what does it all mean, where does Sadie fit in? As her party celebrations start to unravel Sadie comes to the realization that she needs to trust her power and face the truth, her own truth as Black woman, what is her place in this world maybe she has been looking in the wrong place and it’s time to visualise a new space?
“Wasted Talent” follows four high school teens who are thrown into detention after a fight. These boys from different worlds come together through their love for music and songwriting. However, their newfound bond is brought to a halt by the harsh reality of the world they come from.
Bessong is a village rapist who terrorized an entire village of girls. When he comes into contact with the village goddess who has transfigured into a human just to trap him, he is never the same.