Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) will take place  today and will take place April 19 – 30, 2017 in New York City.  It is one of the largest and most diverse film festivals in the country.  The lineup features a slate of 98 feature films.  The Competition section features 32 films: 12 documentaries, 10 US narratives and 10 international narratives. The Spotlight Narrative section features 15 fiction films, while 16 nonfiction films will premiere in the Spotlight Documentary section.

TFF was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in efforts to contribute to the revitalization of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.  Since then, TFF has grown at a remarkable pace and celebrates the power of films that come from all over the world.

Today we are placing a spotlight on women of African descent working both behind and in front of the camera whose films will make their debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.  We will be covering many of these films on this platform over the course of the film festival.

You can view the complete Tribeca Film Festival schedule here and purchase tickets/passes here.


Online Content Slate

Heroin, directed by Jessica Beshir (USA) – World Premiere.


TV Fest Slate

The Handmaid’s Tale – New Series World Premiere, starring Samira Wiley

Manic – World Premiere, written by Yolanda Carney, starring Shanice Williams and Nicki Micheaux

There’s … Johnny!, starring T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, written by Azie Mira Dungey, starring Pernell Walker


Storyscapes Slate

Blackout, co-created by Yasmin Elayat

Neurospeculative Afrofeminism, co-created by Ashley Baccus-Clark


Gala Slate

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, starring Lil’ Kim


Spotlight Narrative Slate

The Dinner, starring Adepero Oduye and Taylor Rae Almonte

The Phenom, starring Niesha Butler and Chameria Law

Thumper, starring JoAnna Rhambo


Shorts Slate

For Ahkeem, starring Daje Shelton

The Foster Portfolio, produced by Saleah Smith

Love the Sinner, co-directed by Geeta Gandbhir


Special Screenings Slate

From The Ashes, produced by Wendy A. Parker

House of Z, starring Naomi Campbell, written by Sherien Barsoum, cinematography by Nadia Hallgren
Pelé: Birth of a Legend, starring Mariana Nunes


Spotlight Documentary Slate

Gilbert, starring Whoopi Goldberg
I Am Evidence, co-directed by Geeta Gandbhir

Pistol Shrimps, produced by Rachel Ricketts

Whitney: Can I Be Me, starring Whitney Houston


N.O.W. Showcase Slate

New York Is Dead, starring Deidre Goodwin


Virtual Arcade Slate

The Other Dakar, created by Selly Raby Kane

Unrest, written & directed by Jennifer Brea


U.S. Narrative Slate

Saturday Church, starring Regina Taylor