Pre-Festival Events 2016

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#sayhername: a conversation on race and gender

Tues., Sept. 27, 2016, 7 pm- 9 pm

@Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John St., DUMBO, BK


Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema series presents #sayhername: a conversation on race and gender. Black women and women of color are often asked to sacrifice their interests for the good of the community and family. Join Reel Sisters for an evening of films that push issues facing women to the forefront of the national agenda and global movement to put girls and women first. The selection of films will include Stammer, On Rape, Sista in the Brotherhood, Asa: A Beautiful Girl and A Conversation with Black Women on Race. Host: Clairesa Clay. Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson, Bettina Goolsby and special guests will join the conversation.

The event will be held on Tues., September 27, 7 pm-9 pm at Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The event is free and open to the public but donations are welcomed.

Seating is limited, RSVP in advance.

Beyond Stepping: Black Fraternities & Sororities and the Power of Activism



Oct. 5, 2016, 6:30 pm- 8 pm

@ Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn
Located on Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.
Brooklyn, NY


Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series in association with Kumble Theater present “Beyond Stepping: Black Fraternities & Sororities and the Power of Activism.” Join us for a pre-screening of the fly in the buttermilk, a documentary on the history of five fraternities and four sororities established at the University of Mississippi during the civil rights movement. The event will be held on Wed., Oct. 5, 6:30 pm at Kumble Theater. For information call: 718-488-1624 or 212-865-2982.

Local leaders will discuss the historical contributions Black fraternities and sororites have in community organizing and development. Black Greek lettered groups are active in everything from organizing voter registration drives to supporting education, housing and health care initiatives in Black communities. Free! Donations Welcomed!

the fly in the buttermilk

Producer/Director: Ashley F. G. Norwood

18:18 min., Documentary

The University of Mississippi has a haunting past of racial tension, most notably beginning with the riots around the integration of James Meredith in 1962. After a brief national history of the five fraternities and four sororities, the film looks into their presence, culture and value on college campuses and throughout their communities.


Reel Sisters & Black Employees of Time Warner Present Filmmakers Awards

Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, 6:30 pm-8 pm

@Time Warner Center, 10th Floor Screening Room, 1 Time Warner Center (58th St. bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)


On Wed., Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm, Reel Sisters & The Black Employees of Time Warner will host an exclusive filmmakers reception for the Reel Sisters award-winning filmmakers. Join us for an evening of film and conversation as Reel Sisters announces the winners of our top awards including two new awards presented by Centric!

Guests will get a sneak peek of the second season premiere of “From the Bottom Up,” a reality show produced by Centric.

Event is free. Seating is limited, you must RSVP.


The event is sponsored by The Black Employees of Time Warner, Inc. and the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series.