Harlem International Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night films for 10th Anniversary Celebration!

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Aug 13, 2015, 11:28 ET from Harlem International Film Festival

HARLEM, N.Y., Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) announces its 10th Anniversary September 9-13 co-sponsored by the Harlem Community Development Corporation and featuring MIST Harlem as its primary 2015 theatrical venue.

Wednesday, September 9 at 7 PM Hi showcases the best global cinema, integrating the finest attractions Harlem has to offer by kicking off another strong lineup with award-winning Stories of Our Lives www.mistharlem.com/events/2015/9/9/opening-night-film-stories-of-our-lives chronicling the hidden struggles of lovers, fighters and rebels that characterize the criminalized LGBT community in Kenya. The filmmakers www.thisisthenest.com/sool/ risked their lives to bring life to this film. "One of the Most Triumphant and Stunning Films of the Year" (Huffington Post).  Winner of the 2015 Berlinale Teddy Special Jury AwardDiscussion with the filmmakers follows. VIP after-party hosted by The Cecil http://thececilharlem.com/

Other highlights include the East Coast Premiere of the award-winning America is Still the Place, based on the unbelievable true story of Charlie Walker, the black man behind the clean up of one of the biggest oil spills in US history. The film features the unforgettable performance of Mike Colter, star of Marvel's brand new Netflix series, Luke Cage, who will join director Patrick Gilles for Q&A.

Closing Night Film is Melissa Donovan's must-see inspirational documentary Zemene about a young Ethiopian girl's bravery in the face of enormous odds. Living in a remote village with a rare curvature of the spine, she struggles with poverty, poor education, and potentially life-threatening illnesses. But a chance encounter in the streets of Gondar with Dr. Rick Hodes sets in motion a series of events that will change Zemene and the future of her village forever.  Shot throughout the beautiful countryside, the film is a poetic testament to the power of compassion and the potential within us all. Zemene screened at the Library of Congress on August 12, 2015 and will be catalogued and become part of the official collection of the world's largest library.

MIST Harlem www.mistharlem.com/mist-1/ is a one of kind state-of-the-art venue that offers three movie theaters, Madiba ­restaurant, full bar, cafe and outdoor terrace.  

Visit: www.HarlemFilmFestival.org  

Contact: info@HarlemFilmFestival.org

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Contact: Tracy Grant 
(646) 279-6968


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