In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.
Love in Submission by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf
A Hollywood Party by Toryn Seabrooks
Pandemic Chronicles by Ya’ke Smith
Auntie Zariyah by Zora Bikangaga
The Black Banshee by Kyla Sylvers
Nowhere by Lin Que Ayoung
This series is the collaboratively created by Full Spectrum Features, Northwest Film Forum, Luminal Theater and Circle Collective, as a means of putting tools of filmmaking directly into the hands of Black filmmakers, creating pathways towards independent distribution, and co-creating mentorship opportunities to help build the careers of emerging filmmakers. The series’ filmmakers will receive 70% of the revenue from your rental.
"The 'Paradox of Expectation'… it’s the idea that wanting to rid yourself of expectations is a paradox—literally the expectation of no expectation. In these six films from emerging Black filmmakers, what the protagonists experience as the world they woke up to is not the one from which they're now appearing. Are they lying to themselves about who they are, or is the truth just not what they expect, but what they deserve?" —Curtis Caesar John, The Luminal Theater