WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE
A 9 Film Anthology by Emerging Filmmakers
Starts June 11 in the RVC
The title Who Will Start Another Fire alludes to Malawian poet Jack Mapanje’s Before Chilembwe Tree (1981), in which he asks, “Who will start another fire?” By omitting the question mark and retaining his language, we propose an answer to his question.
Includes official selections of festivals including DOC NYC, BFI Future, BlackStar, Chicago International Film Festival, Outfits Fusion, Indie Memphis, Aspen Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shortfest, and more. The first release from student-led distributor Dedza Films, in association with Kino Lorber.
Dedza Films is a distribution initiative dedicated to curating & facilitating the distribution of films from the next wave with a focus on underrepresented communities and early works of emerging storytellers.
130 Minutes / Israel, Nigeria, Philippines, Uganda, USA / 2021
A young Chinese-American girl navigates her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship.
Directed by: Peier Tracy Shen 15 Minutes / USA / 2020
It’s 1998. Jinja, Uganda. An 8-year-old schoolgirl finds out she has other siblings at her father’s deathbed. What follows for Nagawa is an awkward, confusing and heartbreaking afternoon as her parents’ betrayal sets in.
Directed by: Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu 17 Minutes / Uganda / 2020
Obi is hot, bored, and desperate for something to do. When his best friend, Emeka, gives him a packet of firecrackers, the boys decide to have some fun. However, things escalate in unexpected ways.
Directed by Olive Nwosu 11 Minutes / Nigeria / 2019
Based on a true story, Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, finds out that her lover Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship.
Directed by Samira Saraya 20 Minutes / Israel / 2020
The Lights Are On, No One’s Home
Mar, A trans woman in search of her childhood home and family after running away several years prior is confronted with the gentrification of her neighborhood. She wanders the streets falling in and out of memories of her family, her early transition and a drug habit she can’t seem to shake.
Directed by Faye Ruiz 10 Minutes / USA / 2020
By Way of Canarsie
After years of neglect by New York City and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy – the coastal community of Canarsie, Brooklyn wants more. This film explores Canarsie’s unique relationship to the water through recreation, resiliency, and the community’s imagination for the future.
Directed by Emily Packer & Lesley Steele 14 Minutes / USA / 2020
The Rose of Manila
An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the country to sustain her extravagant lifestyle. Here, the fate of a young girl and an entire nation become entangled as the absent mother of a country is born.
Directed by Alex Westfall 12 Minutes / Philippines / 2020
A woman arrives home at the end of a regular day, but as she begins to turn in for the night, she is overcome with a sense of restlessness, and goes back out into the night. Her journey around a mostly vacant city, obscured by darkness, cascades in space and time, away from one feeling and in search of another.
Directed by Nicole Otero 11 Minutes / USA / 2019
Not Black Enough
A young African-American man struggling to find his identity within his community meets a persuasive relic of the past.
Directed by Jermaine Manigault 19 Minutes / USA / 2020