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- General admission to the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
- When: April 14–21
- Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
- Door time: One hour prior to showtime
- Click here to view the festival schedule.<p>
- $25 for admission to 5 films (up to a $50 value)
- $49 for admission to 10 films (up to a $100 value)
- $89 for admission to unlimited films, plus admission to the closing ceremonies and viewing of In the Hive with Robert Townsend at 6 p.m. on April 21 (up to a $275 value)<p>
Notable documentaries include The Loving Story (April 14 at 9 p.m.), illustrating Mildred and Richard Loving’s struggle to remain married in the face of Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws, and the landmark Supreme Court case that followed. Short film showcases on April 15 and 18 feature such fictional pieces as the tense thriller Junior, which follows a recently released convict as he seeks revenge against the detective who wrongfully imprisoned him. Why Do You Have Black Dolls? takes a mini-documentary approach to examine the history and community of black-doll-makers.<p>
The evening of April 17 showcases unique Afrofuturist pieces viewing science fiction through Black British, African, and African-American lenses. Pumzi shows a totalitarian society living beneath the dead earth that was once Nairobi, and The Last Angel of History explores the thematic connections between 20th century sci-fi and the Pan-African diaspora.<p>
The Loving Story
####Closing Night On April 21, independent auteur Robert Townsend will take part in a screening of his recent film In the Hive. With a cast that includes Vivica A. Fox and Michael Clarke Duncan in one of his final roles, the movie tells the true story of a North Carolina school determined to help the "throwaway boys" who wont be admitted anywhere else.
**In the Hive**
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
In 2004, the Langston Hughes African American Film festival began as a simple weekend series. Nearly a decade later, the festival has expanded to feature more than 40 films over the course of nine days. When guests aren’t viewing feature-length movies or documentary shorts, they can attend workshops and interactive events, all focused on celebrating black filmmakers both up-and-coming and established.