Who Will Start Another Fire

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Who Will Start Another Fire

An omnibus film featuring works by emerging directors of color, Who Will Start Another Fire is the inaugural project of Dedza Films, a distribution initiative, spearheaded by Malawian-American filmmaker Kate Gondwe, focused on showcasing underrepresented communities and the next wave of international moving-image storytellers. Titled after a question posed in Malawian poet Jack Mapanje’s Before Chilembwe Tree (1981)—but sans question mark, so as to propose an answer—this curated collection of nine shorts spans five countries and includes acclaimed festival selections from a talented and diverse roster of rising BIPOC filmmakers. Among its urgent, eclectic stories: a Chinese-American girl navigates a messy childhood in L.A.; a Nigerian boy is confronted with the traumas of his father’s generation; an Israeli-Palestinian lesbian couple in Tel Aviv contend with the transgression of their relationship; a trans woman returns home to discover her neighborhood gentrified and hauntingly unrecognizable; and a young African-American man (Patrick Decile, Moonlight) struggles to define his Blackness against accusations of not being Black enough.
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Short
Runtime
130
Language
English
Director
Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu
Jermaine Manigault
Olive Nwosu
Nicole Otero
Emily Packer
Lesley Steele
Faye Ruiz
Samira Saraya
Tracy Peier Shen
Alex Westfall
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