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Dedza Films presents WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE, a 9 film anthology of newly emerging BIPOC filmmakers. Dedza Films is a distribution initiative dedicated to curating & facilitating the distribution of films from the next wave with a focus on underrepresented communities and early works of emerging storytellers. 

 

Like Flying 

Directed by Peier Tracy Shen 

2020, USA, 15 min 

A young Chinese-American girl navigates her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship. 

 

Family Tree 

Directed by Nicole Amani, Magabo Kiggundu 

2020, Uganda, 17 min 

The story of Nagawa, an 8 year old schoolgirl who is presenting a school project about her family tree to her classmates and teacher. According to Nagawa, her family consists of just herself, her Mum, and her Dad, who she only gets to see once a week. We later learn he has been in a terrible accident and as Nagawa goes to visit she discovers he has several mistresses also visiting him in the hospital.  

 

Troublemaker 

Directed by Olive Nwosu 

2019, Nigeria, 11 min   

 Obi is hot, bored, and desperate for something to do. When his best friend, Emeka, gives him a packet of firecrackers, the boys decide to have some fun. However, things escalate in unexpected ways, as Obi learns for the first time that actions have consequences, and that there are still things he cannot understand. 

 

Polygraph 

Directed by Samira Saraya 

2020, Israel, 20 min 

Based on a true story, Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, finds out that her lover Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship. Their liaison is further strained by the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict and by Yasmine’s sister’s visit, who arrives from the West Bank not knowing that she is going to meet the occupying enemy at her own sister’s house. 

 

The Lights Are On, No One’s Home 

Directed by Faye Ruiz 

2020, USA, 10 min 

Mar, a trans woman who left home years ago, returns to her old neighborhood to find her childhood home. Upon her return, she’s confronted with the changes that gentrification has brought to the place she once knew so well. 

 

By Way of Canarsie 

Directed by Emily Packer & Lesley Steele 

2020, USA, 14 min 

A wandering portrait of an oft-neglected shoreline community, By Way of Canarsie imagines possible futures at odds with a peaceful present. Through brief encounters, observational mise-en-scene, and expressive use of analog film, we begin to understand this predominantly black New York City neighborhood’s shared desires for recognition and respect. The competing futures for Canarsie Pier present complications about how and for whom this public space serves 

 

The Rose of Manila 

Directed by Alex Westfall 

2020, Phillipines, 12 min 

An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the country to sustain her extravagant lifestyle. Here, the fate of a young girl and an entire nation become entangled as the absent mother of a country is born. 

 

Slip 

Directed by Nicole Otero 

2019 , USA, 11 min 

A woman arrives home at the end of a regular day, but as she begins to turn in for the night, she is overcome with a sense of restlessness. Unable to fit inside her own world, she goes back out into the night. Her journey around a mostly vacant city, obscured by darkness, cascades in space and time, away from one feeling and in search of another. 

 

Not Black Enough 

Directed by Jermaine Maingault 

2020, USA, 19 min 

A young African-American man struggling to find his identity within his community meets a persuasive relic of the past.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    130 minutes
  • Country
    United States, Uganda, Nigeria, Israel, Philippines
  • Note
    A 9 Film Anthology by Emerging Filmmakers