IofC USA Teams up with the 4th Annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival

Initiatives of Change USA is excited to be an Official Sponsor with the 4th annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival from Sept 12-15th! The festival presents close to 50 films over 4 days bringing full-on #Blackcinematicmagic, conversations, live music parties and so much more to the city of Richmond.

The weekend is packed with things to do so here is the full breakdown of events:


Thursday - Opening Night Reception 
Doors open at 7:00 pm

The Valentine 
1015 E. Clay Street 
Richmond, VA 23220 
The evening starts with a live performance by Calvin Presents followed by an Afrikana x Angry Black Female Clips & Convo panel about the highly anticipated film, HARRIET, from her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told.)

*IofC USA’s new Director of U.S. Programs, Racial Healing and Justice, ALICIA AROCHE, will take part in this opening panel conversation.


Friday - Spotlight Screening 
Doors open at 7:30 pm 
The Institute for Contemporary Art 
601 W Broad St 
Richmond, VA 23230

Meet us at one of the city's flyest art spaces, The Institute for Contemporary Art aka the ICA for the Virginia Premiere of THE REMIX: HIP HOP x FASHION 
The story of how hip hop changed fashion, leading to the stratospheric and global rise of streetwear. It is a journey of African American creativity, the women who created legendary looks and influenced style at large and the limitless possibilities of a cultural movement. 
Followed by a Women in Hip Hop panel discussion w/ Dapper Dan, Misa Hylton, April Walker, Lisa Cortes, and Farah X 

Afterparty w/ DJ Nobe at Black Iris Social Club 
321 W Broad St 
Richmond, VA 23220


Saturday - Matinee Spotlight Screening @ 12:30pm
The Institute for Contemporary Art 
601 W Broad St 
Richmond, VA 23230

Meet us back at the ICA for a screening of the documentary THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. Filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon examine a 1989 case of five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman. After they had spent from six to 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. Post-screening discussion with Central Park 5 exoneree, Raymond Santana and Dr. Zoe Spencer. 

*Initiatives of Change USA is happy to be an Official Sponsor of the Virginia Premiere of the “Central Park Five” documentary.

Afrikana Short Film Showcase 

Black Iris Social Club 
321 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

Enjoy an afternoon of short films hosted at a variety of creative spaces in RVA's Art's District! Everything from youth programming to experimental cinema, it is sure to be a magical afternoon. 

Afrikana x Afrobeta at the Richmond Night Market 
Richmond Night Market 
17th Street Farmers' Market 
100 North 17th Street 
Richmond, VA 23219

With a partnership of 3 years, Afrikana Film Festival and the ARTisan Cafe are back at it for 2019. This year, Shop Afrikana at the Richmond Night Market and enjoy handmade goods from some of the dopest makers around. This year, Afrikana is fashion-forward highlighting some of the trendsetting designers and creators in the industry. Check out the Richmond Night Market for an outdoor runway peek at styles from sustainable designer Kamala of House of Bhagat. Vibes provided by DJ Mikemetic & Afrobeta! 

C'est Le Vine 
15 N 17th St 
Richmond, VA 23219

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. 

Official Afrikana Afterparty 
Saturday 10:30pm-1am 
C'est Le Vine 
15 N 17th St 
Richmond, VA 23219

We're going out with a bang! Meet us back at Black Iris for our official Afrikana turnup! 

Sunday - Filmmaker Trolley Ride & Brunch 
Trolley meet-up at Quirk Hotel at 11am. 11:30a departure 
Quirk Hotel 
201 W Broad St 
Richmond, VA 23220

JOIN US AT CROAKER'S SPOT at 12:45 (sorry, trolley space is limited) 
The tradition continues! Afrikana's trolley ride and brunch highlighting Black Richmond - hosted by Untold RVA, is going down for the 4th year in a row! 
Brunch provided by Croaker's Spot Restaurants