Film

The Roxbury International Film Festival

June 17–26, 2021

The Roxbury International Film Festival (ROXFILM) is the largest festival in New England dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color. Over ten days, the festival screens narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, experimental films, and youth films, all of which present stories of people of color worldwide not often seen in mainstream media.

This year’s festival takes place virtually and in person. Don’t miss How It Feels to Be Free, an unprecedented look at the intersection of African American women artists, politics, and entertainment, streaming online opening night. And stop by the MFA on Saturday, June 19, for a free outdoor screening of Summer of Soul, a stunning documentary treasure from director Questlove featuring unearthed footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

ROXFILM is also partnering with ArtsEmerson to present A Reckoning in Boston and A Tale of Three Chinatowns, two documentaries with local relevance, as part of the monthly film series Shared Stories.

Film Rentals

ROXFILM is proud of the thoughtful selection of films in this year’s festival—and you can enjoy each one from the comfort of your own home. Most of the films are followed by Q and As with filmmakers, so be sure to log in to Zoom to catch insightful post-screening discussions.

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You can watch the film on the Video Content page on the specified dates.

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Opening night film; available to watch June 17–18
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Available to watch June 17–18; preceded by short film ‘Afro’
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Available to watch June 18–19
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Available to watch June 18–19
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Available to watch June 19–20
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Available to watch June 19–20; preceded by short films ‘In Sync’ and ‘The Announcement’
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Available to watch June 20–21; preceded by short film ‘Lake Women’
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Available to watch June 20–21; preceded by short films ‘Boxed’ and ‘The Other Madisons’
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Available to watch June 20–21; preceded by short film ‘Ashes to Ashes’
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Free family-friendly short films; available to watch June 21–22
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Available to watch June 21-22
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Available to watch June 21–22; preceded by short film ‘Lean In’
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Available to watch June 22–23
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Available to watch June 22–23; preceded by short film ‘Kuumba: From Black to Gold’
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Available to watch June 23–24
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Available to watch June 23–24
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Available to watch June 24–25
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Available to watch June 25–26
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Available to watch June 25–26
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Available to watch June 25–26
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Available to watch June 26–27
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Available to watch June 26–27; preceded by short films ‘But You’re Not Black’ and ‘Through the Eyes of Women’
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Available to watch June 26–27; preceded by short film ‘The Last Starship’

Shared Stories at ROXFILM

In partnership with ArtsEmerson, Shared Stories is a monthly film series in collaboration with the Boston Asian American Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, and the Roxbury International Film Festival that seeks to build community, shared conversation, and experiences through cinema.

film still from A Reckoning in Boston, depicting main in black cap and eyeglasses looking to the right

A Reckoning in Boston

Available to view 5 pm on June 24 through 5 pm on June 26

What keeps the divide between white and Black, rich and poor, so glaringly wide in a prosperous and progressive city?

Rent the Film at ArtsEmerson

Register for a Q and A session with filmmakers on June 24 at 6:30 pm.

Film still from A Tale of Three Chinatowns, depicting a housing protest in which a crowd of people holding signs and banners are listening to a speaker

A Tale of Three Chinatowns

Available to view 8 pm on June 23 through 10 pm on June 27

This feature-length documentary examines Chinatown neighborhoods in three American cities and the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them.

Rent the Film at ArtsEmerson

Past Events

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June 24, 2021
8:00 pm–10:00 pm

Free outdoor screening! Directed by David E. Talbert (USA, 2020, 122 min.).

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June 19, 2021
8:00 pm–10:00 pm

Free outdoor screening! Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (USA, 2021, 117 min.).

Sponsors

The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation logo

Funders of the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston