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In celebration of Black History Month, Martin University will host the 2023 Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival on February 10 and 11 in the Fr. Boniface Hardin Gathertorium, 2186 N. Sherman Drive.

The Festival seeks to create a venue where black filmmakers, storytellers, producers, and film community members can come together to appreciate the showcased films. Three films will be screened with food trucks on-site for the two-day event, including question and answer sessions after each screening.

“We are pleased and honored to host this year’s Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival that focuses on African-American history and issues pertinent to the Diaspora,” said Martin University President Sean Huddleston. “Martin supports black film survival and inspiration to the public as worthy examples of admiration and emulation that have tremendous educational value.”

The films, day, and times are:

  • Friday, February 10 - 6:30 pm - 100 Years From Mississippi - Directed by Tarabu Betserai Kirkland; Moderator is Dr. Patricia Payne, Director of the Office of Multicultural Education, Indianapolis Public Schools. The documentary tells the story of Mamie Lang Kirkland's departure from Mississippi at age seven and her return at age 107. Mamie's story is a testament to the courage and hope of her generation.

  • Saturday, February 11 - 1:00 pm - Taking Israel - Directed by Vincent Singleton; Moderator is Jerald Harkness, Producer and Director. The documentary tells the story of Wilberforce University students who traveled to Israel for over 15 years to observe the country's political, social, and educational conditions.

  • Saturday, February 11 - 3:00 pm - This Is [Not] Who We Are - Directed by Beret E. Strong and Katrina Miller; Moderator is Dr. Khaula Murtadha, Associate Vice Chancellor, IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. The documentary explores the gap between Boulder, Colorado’s progressive self-image, and the lived experiences of its small but resilient Black community.

Price: $15.00 – Festival Package (all three films)

$7.00 – Per film at screening time

Trailers can be seen at: Purchase tickets at

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