The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF), celebrating its 36th Anniversary as one of the nation’s defining voices on behalf of independent film, opens in Newark with adult screenings beginning on Wednesday, June 30, with a six-week run ending on August 4.

Youth Cinema will be held on Mondays at the Newark Public Library starting on July 12, and at the Newark Museum on Wednesday beginning July 7.

The festival is a showcase for films that focus on the experiences and concerns of contemporary African Americans, as well as an outlet for films about the African American experience from earlier eras.  The six-week festival is free to the public and provides emerging filmmakers, writers, directors and producers with a high profile outlet for their work.

The festival features the Paul Robeson Awards in 2010, a biennial competition established in 1985.  The Robeson Awards honor the spirit of Paul Robeson—renowned activist, scholar, performer and athlete.  Winning films will be shown on August 4 at Newark Screens on Springfield Ave., Newark, NJ.

The Newark Black Film Festival also repeats in Trenton, NJ, Thursdays at 6 pm: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ—609.292.6464.

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