The International Black Women’s Film Festival screens media by and/or about Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical, non-pornographic roles. IBWFF combats negative stereotyping of Black women in film, television and media.
The International Black Women’s Film Festival explores the social, aesthetic and political contexts of Black women in society through film, television and media, and how Black women are viewed through the moving image while at the same time being rendered voiceless and invisible.
Historically, Black women’s bodies have been viewed for “public consumption” while her voice is often filtered through other people, but rarely through her own voice. We see examples from Saartjie Baartman to today’s rap videos. By placing the legacy of Black women into a corner of history, society fails to understand the economic, educational, political, and social importance of a large segment of Black communities around the world; a segment that in part maintains the continuity of culture, historical legacy, accomplishments and vision of embattled communities throughout the world while also having their value diminished daily.
The festival is a forum for dialogue between the perceived image of Black women around the world to the empowered projected image of Black women through their own lens. The films presented are a bridge to overcoming our notions of stereotyped images of Black women in order to understand the importance, contributions and complexities that go unspoken in presenting the place of Black women in society.