Sacramento International Film Festival Includes Black Film Showcase

Give Us This Day is a documentary film exploring the deep connection between a struggling community and its tradition-rich, over-achieving, high school football team.

Give Us This Day is a documentary film exploring the deep connection between a struggling community and its tradition-rich, over-achieving, high school football team.

SACRAMENTO – Films by and about African Americans will take center stage as the Sacramento International Film Festival returns April 26-May 4.

The two-day celebration of cinema arts will include two events focused on films that were either created by African American filmmakers or feature African American content. The event kicks off on Saturday, April 26 with the 48 Hour Film Challenge showcase at the Crocker Art Museum. The event will be the debut of films created during a challenge to make films in just two days. Among those showing films will be several African Americans, Desmond Preston, Matthew Gilliam, Dwight Taylor, and Vincent Dee Miles.

In addition to showing his own work, Miles is the director of the film festival’s Cine Soul showcase. CineSoul, one of the festival’s cultural offerings, will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at the Delta King Riverboat Theater. Organizers say the program serves the African diaspora of film by exhibiting local and international works, building the local filmmaking community through events like the annual Urban Film Summit and educating Sacramento audiences about African American film history.

This year’s featured films include “To Build Strong Children,” a documentary about modern day human trafficking, was created by Kenneth B. Morris, a descendant of two civil rights icons, Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Morris and the film’s director, Konstantinos Kambouroglou are scheduled to attend.

Also being screened is a locally produced project, “Give Us This Day,” about the standout Grant High School football team and life in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights neighborhood. The film was created by two White filmmakers DL Stern and Adam N. Stern.

The filmmakers highlighted during CineSoul will participate in a question and answer session after the screenings.

For more information, visit www.sacramentofilmfestival.com or www.californiafilm.net