Define American Film Festival May 11-13

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American ArtsDAFF-Flyer-Letter2 (2)+ Culture is proud to present the second annual Define American Film Festival. Audience-goers, journalists and strategic partners will get an entertaining and informative look at the immigrant experience across a range of cultures. Each screening will be followed by panel discussions featuring filmmakers, actors, and local advocates.

Venue Address:  551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

Parking:  First two levels below the Duke Energy building, 400 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC. Discounts are available to guests when you bring your parking ticket to be validated. There are also parking lots and garagesin the area.

Hotels: The Hilton Garden Inn Uptown Charlotte is offering
special discounted rates to festival attendees. Click here
to reserve by May 1st.

For more information visit the DAFF website.

Film Lineup


Thursday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Dolores (Opening night reception to follow)
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Dolores provides a look at the barriers faced by women and people of color within the very communities they’re fighting for.  Through beautifully woven archival footage and interviews from contemporaries and from Dolores herself, now an octogenarian, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.

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Residenté is centered on the global journey Pérez Joglar embarked on – after taking a DNA test – to trace his ancestry, explore his creative process and expose local stories, all the while creating music with local communities along the way.

Am I

Friday, May 12, 5:00 pm
Am I : Too African to be American
or Too American to be African?
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A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally.

Meet The Patels

Friday, May 12, 8:00 pm
Meet the Patels
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Meet the Patels is a funny and lighthearted film about how a family’s culture intersects with the love life of an Indian-American man. Through documenting the pressures of marriage in their first-generation Indian American family, they illustrate the serious psychological conflict they experience when it comes to dating (and marrying) outside of their skin color, culture, religion, and ethnicity.


Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm
Forbidden: Undocumented &
Queer in Rural America
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Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America: is about Moises, who grew up in rural North Carolina, and fell in love with a country that refused to recognize his full humanity – both as an undocumented immigrant and as a gay man.

SWhite Peopleaturday, May 13, 4:00 pm
White People
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Pulitzer Prize-winning filmmaker and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas  teams up with 5 young people across the country to dig deeper into what it really means to be white in our country and why it matters.

Stories We Tell

Saturday, May 13, 8:00 pm
Stories We Tell: How Immigrants are Portrayed in Hollywood & Popular Culture
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Define American

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