After announcing two weeks ago that Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” will be showcased, along with a tribute to director Steve McQueen, this week, the upcoming 52nd annual Chicago International Film Festival has now revealed its complete film schedule, including films that will be screened as part of its annual “Black Perspectives” selections.
The new restored version of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” will be screened (with presumably Ms. Dash in person) along with Matthew Cherry’s wonderfully perceptive drama “9 Lives”. In the film, which was shot entirely in and around a limo, Dorian Missick plays an Uber driver, as the audience follows his various experiences with an eclectic group of passengers, one New Year’s Eve night.
Other films to be screened are “Destined”, the latest work by filmmaker Qasim Basir (“Mooz-Lum”), which follows the vastly different lives of two young black men in Detroit; and Steve Gukas’ intense drama “93 Days” about an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014.
Additional films announced are “Girls Don’t Fly” by Monika Grassi, about Ghanaian women learning to be flight pilots; the documentary “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” about the black athletes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; Kartemquin Films’ documentary about three young black men in North Carolina, “Raising Bertie”; the magical realism Kenyan film “Kati Kati” by Mbithi Masya; and Sam Pollard’s Mississippi blues documentary “Two Trains Running”.
The festival will be held this year from Oct. 13-27.
To check out and download the complete schedule of all the films being screened this year, go to the festival’s website here.