UDC Firebird Film Festival

The mission of the Firebird Film Festival is to be innovative educationally and to encourage social, cultural, economic and political awareness among the UDC student body and D.C. community. By showcasing a variety of films to a diverse audience, we hope to inspire unity and enlightenment.

*Food will be served to all REGISTERED guests.

The film festival is FREE and open to the public.

Monday, October 29th

Time : Doors open @5:00 PM – Film Starts @ 5:30 PM

Location: UDC Student Center | 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

Fruitvale Station

From the Director of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station is based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant.  Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy.

 

Tuesday, October 30th

Time : Doors open @ 5:00 PM – Film Starts @ 5:30 PM

Location: UDC Student Center | 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

The Kalief Browder Story

The documentary recounts the story of Kalief Browder, a Bronx high school student who at age 16 was arrested and was imprisoned for three years, two of them in solitary confinement on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He was accused of stealing a backpack, and his family was unable to afford his bail, set at $3000. Kalief Browder fought the system, prevailed, and became an American hero, despite unimaginable circumstances.

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Wednesday, October 31st

Time : Doors open @ 5:00 PM – Film Starts @ 5:30 PM

Location: UDC Student Center | 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

The Kalief Browder Story

The documentary recounts the story of Kalief Browder, a Bronx high school student who at age 16 was arrested and was imprisoned for three years, two of them in solitary confinement on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He was accused of stealing a backpack, and his family was unable to afford his bail, set at $3000. Kalief Browder fought the system, prevailed, and became an American hero, despite unimaginable circumstances.

 

The Kalief Browder Story - Movie Poster

Contact Us

For more info email: firebirdfilm@udc.edu

All of our university community, community partners and greater DC area are encouraged to attend.

Information:  Please email Patrick  at  patrick.gusman@udc.edu for any questions.

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Thursday, November 1st

Healthcare Fair

Time : 11am – 4pm

Location: UDC Student Center – Ballroom | 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

Thursday, November 1st

Time : Doors open @ 5:00 PM Film – Starts @ 5:30 PM

Location: UDC Student Center | 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

Waiting Room

Filmmaker Peter Nicks chronicles events at a public hospital’s emergency room, where the overworked staff and many uninsured patients must cope with disease, injury, bureaucracy and hard choices.

 

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Friday, November 2nd

Time : Doors open @ 5:00 PM Film – Starts @ 5:30 PM

Location: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room (518) | 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

Vice: Raised in the System

Raised in the System” sheds light on those caught up the system, exploring why the country’s mass incarceration problem cannot be fixed without first addressing the juvenile justice problem.With more than  850,00 juvenile arrests annually and 48,000 kids sitting in lock-up daily, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of minors. Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire), explores the young people affected and examines the solutions being enacted around and within America.

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A Week in Watts

This feature length documentary explores how Los Angeles police officers embark on an innovative program, by mentoring promising students from the harsh, gang-infested Watts neighborhood.

This film follows the stories of six students involved in a program called Operation Progress, which gives youth scholarships to private schools in the area and pairs them with LAPD officers as mentors.

A Week in Watts Movie Poster

Saturday, November 3rd

Time : Doors open at 4:30PM – 1st Film starts @ 5:00 PM – 2nd Film Starts @ 5:30 PM

Location: UDC Theater of the Arts | 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

Unforgiven: How This Man in Florida Lost his Voting Rights

Prior to losing his voting rights, Roderick Kemp had been politically active in South Florida, helping to register voters and volunteering for Democratic political campaigns like Barack Obama’s in 2008 and 2012. Directed by Adeel Ahmed and Ashwin Gandbhir, Unforgiven tells the story of Kemp’s disenfranchisement.  Kemp was informed in 2016 that his voting rights had been revoked due to a felony conviction in 1986, when he was 29, for cocaine possession. It’s unclear why the state took 30 years to revoke his rights due to that conviction. Three months after being featured in Unforgiven, Kemp received a letter from Gov. Rick Scott  restoring his voting rights. “There was a brief, one-sentence cover letter that said ‘Enclosed is a certificate showing your rights are being restored,’”  Out of an estimated 6.1 million Americans, and 1.7 million Floridians disenfranchised due to felony convictions, only about 2,300 cases have been approved for rights restoration since Gov. Scott took office in 2011.

Unforgiven: How This Man in Florida Lost his Voting Rights

Selma

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Directed by Ava Duvernay, Selma  is the unforgettable true story chronicling the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Selma Movie Poster

Sunday, November 4th

Time : Doors open @ 5:00 PM – Film Starts @ 5:30 PM

Location: UDC Student Center | 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20008

Black Panther

(Directed by Ryan Coogler)  This film tells the story of the nation of Wakanda, an isolated futuristic African nation.  The leader of Wakanda is T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, who is also the Black Panther, the defender of the Wakandan people. T’Challa’s royal lineage faces challenges from it’s ancestral roots and modern political developments as he rises to the throne.  His claim is challenged by an outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s error. The movie explores themes of national and individual excellence and women’s empowerment through science and technology and as warriors. It also wrestles with issues of cultural preservation vs. engagement and familial abandonment. Black Panther has become the third-highest-grossing film ever in the United States, and the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time.

Black Panther Movie Poster