David Oyelowo Will Open Urbanworld Film Festival

Written by on September 17, 2020

For the previous twenty years, The Urbanworld Movie Competition has been one of many largest worldwide aggressive festivals on this planet. Founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, the legendary competition is a singular house that connects Black administrators, writers, producers and actors from throughout the diaspora to showcase their work in entrance of a captive viewers. 

This yr’s competition might be no totally different — besides in a technique. 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the competition might be digital, going from September 23 to 27.

David Oyelowo’s characteristic directorial debut, The Water Man, by which he additionally stars, will open the competition on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. The fantasy-adventure movie follows a boy who units out on a quest to save lots of his in poor health mom by trying to find a mythic determine mentioned to have magical therapeutic powers. 

A dialog with Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis and Amiah Miller moderated by Ava DuVernay will instantly comply with the screening, in addition to a particular efficiency by singer Alice Smith.

Moreover, on the identical  day at at 5:00 P.M. ET, there might be a dialog round Amazon Studios’ All In: The Battle for Democracy. The documentary examines the customarily ignored, but insidious situation of voter suppression in the US and interweaves private experiences with present activism andhistorical perception to show an issue that has constantly corrupted democracy.

The dialog will embrace   administrators Lisa Cortés and Liz Garbus together with activist DeRay McKesson and moderator Keith Boykin.

In recognition of Nationwide Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the documentary might be obtainable on Urbanworld’s Vimeo Channel for the complete day (12:01am ET – 11:59pm ET), with with an introduction by Truthful Battle Motion’s Stacey Abrams, together with administrators and producers Garbus and Cortés.

The horror satire Unhealthy Hair will display on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 8:00 P.M.. A dialog in regards to the making of the movie with author/director Justin Simien, Lena Waithe, Elle Lorraine and Kelly Rowland might be moderated by entrepreneur Tahira Pleasure.

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On Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:00 P.M., Candyman director/co-writer Nia DaCosta, Teyonah Parris and Vanessa Williams can have an intimate dialog across the up to date incarnation of the cult traditional. 

The competition will shut with Come Away, which stars David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie, on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. The movie imagines a world earlier than Peter grew to become Pan and Alice visited Wonderland. The screening might be adopted by a dialog, moderated by Urbanworld Movie Competition Founder Stacy Spikes, with Oyelowo and Alice herself, actress Kiera Chansa.

Urbanworld’s Founding accomplice HBO is joined by key supporters together with WarnerMedia as Status accomplice and Amazon Studios, BET Networks and 150 as Premiere companions.

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