The Hip Hop Film Festival Celebrates Five Years

by Keri D. Singleton

Out of over 5,000 festivals in the world, the Hip-Hop Film Festival, based in New York City, is the only festival to focus on writers, directors and producers who grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop. Celebrating five years this season, the festival hosts over 100 directors, producers and screenwriters from the United States, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, India, Japan, Portugal, Argentina and more.

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NEW YORK, July 27, 2020 -- The Harlem Film House’s Hip Hop Film Festival (HHFF) returns for its fifth season, featuring a robust programing of LIVE! events attendees can enjoy from home and nine themed private cinemas powered by

OMARI HARDWICK is this year’s Icon Living Award recipient and will speak at a special Master Cypher with actor, producer and entrepreneur, Theo Rossi on Sunday, August 9th at 6pm. The cypher is to benefit the Harlem Film House.

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Passes available on Eventbrite

The festival’s theme this year is STORIES THAT MATTER, putting a special focus on the many genres that filmmakers from the culture cover. Over 200 films and screenplays made the cut.. here are some special features from each category.

Special Features:


A movie celebrating the accomplishments of Africa Bambatta, turns in to a voyeuristic documentation of a man trapped in the middle of a heinous scandal.


A modern-day quirky comedy following the misadventures of a group of millennials as they navigate life, love, and careers in the Prospect Park area.


BLACK STORIES THAT MATTER: The best directors from the culture bring you stories highlighting the politics, pain and joy of Black life.

AFRO: After multiple encounters with her bully and a little academic inspiration, an African-American teen girl finally stands up for herself against classmates that question her cultural identity.

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SAFE SPACE: Filmmaker Leon Oldstrong takes viewers on a deeply personal journey through his experiences with racism.

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WOMAN-LED STORIES THAT MATTER: The best female directors from the culture bring you stories on from every theme in the human spectrum.

BROKEN BIRD: A biracial girl caught between two worlds prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood.


HOUSE OF BALLS: After dumping her fiancé, Sam discovers a female dodgeball league that makes her face her biggest threat: herself.


SCARY STORIES THAT MATTER: The best directors from the culture bring you social horror stories that will chill you to the bone.

MOURNING MEAL: After the tragic loss of her son, Cheryl, a grieving mother, adopts a new philosophy, one that changes her outlook on life and grief. One where suffering has become a dear friend... that must be shared.


BLIGHT: A grieving young girl with supernatural abilities seeks vengeance after the racially charged officer-involved shooting of her teenage brother.


DRAMATIC STOREIS THAT MATTER: The best directors from the culture bring the drama.

WASHED: Desperate, pressed and #WASHED up, a group of aging millennials attain everything they NEVER wanted - their dreams.


DOPE COUNTY: This film explores the life of Money Jit, a young black man from an underserved community in central Florida, confronted by the ongoing struggles of being targeted by the criminal justice system.


REAL STORIES THAT MATTER: The best directors from the culture bring real life front and center with these amazing documentaries.

THE PURSUIT OF GREATNESS: A glimpse into the digitalization of hip hop culture.


IN SEARCH OF RUN DMC: Nick Light and Andrew Katz meet in Hollis, Queens to explore the neighborhood and rediscover notable locations that factored into the mid-1980s emergence of Hip-Hop supergroup Run DMC.


SCI-FI STORIES THAT MATTER: The best directors from the culture take you to another world with thrills, chills, super powers and some aliens thrown in for good measure.

THE GOLDEN RECORD: Taino, an eager extraterrestrial, embarks on a personal journey with his doubting best friend to find his lost family.


JUST A PHASE: A low-level JPL researcher must figure out the strange powers of a mysterious device found hidden in her car to save herself from the deadly government forces that are now targeting her.


Other categories include: Funny Stories That Matter, Lit Stories That Matter and Global Stories That Matter. More information regarding the festival and festival passes, visit