The second annual Define American Film Festival comes to Charlotte, NC May 11-13, 2017, in partnership with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. All festival events will be held at the Gantt Center. The Define American Film Festival will focus on the intersectionality of interrelated communities, including stories of immigration, women, LGBTQ communities, and racial identity.
Films highlighted include “Dolores,” about civil rights activist and icon Dolores Huerta; “Meet the Patels,” a romantic comedy/documentary about the family of Charlottean Ravi Patel; “White People,” which Define American Co-Founder & CEO Jose Antonio Vargas directed and hosted for MTV; “Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African?” which explores how African women here and in West Africa wrestle with concepts like race, complexion, gender, and heritage and includes interviews with Issa Rae and others; and “Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America,” which focuses on the story of North Carolina resident Moises Serrano.
The festival will also highlight relevant short films like “Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist,” original short films by the media organization #EmergingUS and panel discussions with filmmakers and actors including Moises Serrano and director Tiffany Rhynard.