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The New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival is back for a second year at The BAM Center in Brooklyn, NY .  The four day festival kicks off Friday February 17th,  celebrating up and coming filmmakers with narrative features, shorts and documentaries that redefine the Black experience in America and around the world.

The Urban Daily  rounds up five of our favorite projects to check out.

(For showtimes and ticket information click HERE)

Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door

In 1973, the political satire The Spook Who Sat By the Door arrived amid controversy and social change, exploring the notion of militancy and black empowerment by any means necessary. This documentary— with the help of Melvin van Peebles, Sam Greenlee, and others—adds colorful commentary and back story to one of the most significant films of the 1970s.

The American Dream

Armed with dreams that extend beyond their block, two best friends from Los Angeles videotape their last 36 hours before shipping off to Afghanistan. Together they capture their friends, family members, and the places they call home—to remember who they are and where they come from in their darkest hour.

SNEAKER STORIES

Three young basketball players in Brooklyn, Vienna, and Ghana are dazzled not only by hoop dreams but also by dreams of endorsement deals and sneaker lines. As they hustle to balance their dreams with reality, this documentary also trains its lens on the corporations that capitalize on the goals of so many young men of color around the world.

The Tombs

A Brooklyn man’s three day journey through New York’s central booking jail system, infamously known as “The Tombs” and the interesting personalities he encounters while locked up.

Let’s Stay Together

On the premonition that a new Rev. Al Green album could save families, a young man embarks on a mission to better understand the role of black men and their families. Shot in various locations in Brooklyn, Let’s Stay Together provides rich commentary on a major issue facing many black Americans.

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