Nneka Onuorah’s documentary about discrimination in Nigeria to screen at Tribeca Festival

From the Harry Belafonte Voices For Social Justice Award, a Black Filmmaker Foundation Panel to movies that include director Mobolaji Olambiwonnu’s documentary “Ferguson Rises,” “Stateless,” “Guardians of the River,” and Nneka Onuorah’s documentary about discrimination in Nigeria; “The Legend of the Underground,” Tribeca Fest has unveiled its Juneteenth lineup programming line-up.

Underground party in Lagos Nigeria in “The Legend of the Underground

Tribeca, which will celebrate its 20th year June 9 – 20, will screen several films about racial equality, from Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) filmmaker teams.

Stacey Abrams will be the recipient of a new award, The Harry Belafonte Voices For Social Justice Award, named for the famed performer, actor, activist, and civil rights leader. The Belafonte Award recognizes individuals who have used storytelling and the arts to enact change in their communities, and Abrams is being honored for her commitment to fighting against injustices through her work as a political leader.

Stacey Abrams – photo by Kevin Lowery

Previously announced Juneteenth program highlights include: the 30th anniversary screening and reunion of the  feature film, “The Five Heartbeats” featuring a conversation with the cast, the world premiere of Season 2 of Oprah Winfrey Network’s “David Makes Man” followed by a discussion with series creator and Academy-Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and the world premiere of the documentary “Stockholm Syndrome” following musician A$AP Rocky exploring his life and career while fighting for his freedom after being arrested in Stockholm, Sweden.

The One and Only Dick Gregory to screen at festival

“We are aiming to uplift and amplify the voices of today’s most exciting Black storytellers, artists, and creators and to pay homage to those who have come before them. Juneteenth is a holiday of celebration and remembrance, and I sincerely hope that we’ve captured that spirit with this collection of work.” said Loren Hammonds, VP, Immersive Programming, Senior Programmer Film & Immersive at Tribeca Festival.

Guardians of the River will screen at the festival

Tribeca’s Juneteenth programming, in partnership with Indeed, takes place throughout the Festival, which runs June 9-20.  For more information and festival passes check out:  www.tribecafilm.com/festival

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a Los Angeles based journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news. Follow her on twitter @samanthaofole

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