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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 

Like Flying

A young girl sits at the kitchen table with a pitcher of milk, she is wearing big yellow sunglasses and has a cigarette hanging out of her mouth.

A young Chinese-American girl navigates her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship. 



Directed by: Peier Tracy Shen        15 Minutes / USA / 2020

Family Tree

A mother and daughter looking at each other while standing outside.

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


A young boy peeks through the doorway of a shadowy room.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


two people lovingly looking at one another, their faces are very close.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

A woman sleeps at night on the ground.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

A black and white photo of an old woman looks out at the water while sitting on a boat.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 arm reaches out to the shoulder of a woman in a glittering dress who is looking at herself in a lit up mirror.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


Someone in a trench coat rides a bike over a bridge.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 black and white photo of a closeup of two men staring at each other, they look upset.

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