BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A Brooklyn film festival is celebrating the accomplishments and experiences of black women this weekend in Bed-Stuy.
The Women of African Descent Film Festival, presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, Inc., is a weekly film festival running through August at Restoration Plaza, featuring films and shorts by or about black women.
Now in its 12th year, the festival features romantic comedies, documentaries and more, curated in part by the Brooklyn Arts Council.
"There's a tremendous amount of talented black filmmakers these days," said Nick Shimkin, film program coordinator at the B.A.C. "And I was able to tap into that."
Shimkin and B.A.C. searched for films, looking through artist submissions and reaching out to filmmakers from the Act Now Foundation's New Voices in Black Cinema festival, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
On Friday, the festival presents the short romantic comedy "4Closure," about a troubled relationship between a husband and wife, and the longer "Single Hills," a romantic drama about a young Brooklyn writer.
The festival continues next week on Aug. 23 with five short films, including the documentary "Little Brother: A Do-Right Man" directed by Jasmin Tiggett, which details the struggles of growing up black and male in Florida. It concludes on Aug. 30, with nine short films.
Shimkin said the festival gives an opportunity for audiences to experience different cinematic voices.
"It's necessary, and a great service to the community," Shimkin said.
For the full calendar and film descriptions click here.