Black Film Festival Returns to Parrish Art Museum

Still image from “Shaina,” a film directed by Beautie Masvaure Alt.

The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center (BHCCRC) is presenting its second Black Film Festival with the Parrish Art Museum, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 30, will present “Shaina” and the short film “My Father the Mover” outdoors on the museum’s lawn. Bring your own chair to the screening.

“Shaina,” directed by Beautie Masvaure Alt, is the story of Shine, a Zimbabwe teenager who doesn’t believe in herself. In the face of life-altering events, she is forced to rely on her ingenuity and determination to face her future. Instilling young women with a growth mindset essential for health, agency and self-efficacy, this film also challenges harmful gender norms by driving a culture of positive masculinity.

In Julia Jansch’s short film “My Father the Mover,” Alatha’s father calls himself a Mover. Using African dance moves, he helps kids in Khayelitsha township transcend hardship (drugs, poverty and abuse) and “find their superpowers.” The Mover is also a single father. And while he has helped many kids, he has difficulty getting his own daughter to find her own powers. Jansch, who wrote and directed the film, will be in attendance at the screening.

This film festival is an extension of BHCCRC’s “Thinking Forward Lecture Series.”

“Our series brings the community together, to speak openly about being Black in America, opening hearts and minds to limitless opportunities,” said Bonnie Michelle Cannon, executive director of the BHCCRC. “We are providing positive and inspirational role models for our children, teens and adults. These talks and films have helped create deep and open conversations around racism, stereotypes, and inequalities.”

The cost of the film is $15 ($5 friends of BHCCRC and Parrish members). Students admitted free. For tickets, visit or reserve through BHCCRC at or 631-537-0616. The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill.