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Gene Siskel Film Center Will Kick Off Its 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival Friday

The festival strives to present a celebration of independent films that tell the stories and explore the history and heritage of the global Black experience.

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CHICAGO — Black Harvest Film Festival, Chicago’s showcase for films that explore the Black, African American and African diaspora experience, will kick off its 28th run Friday.

The month-long festival will include 19 feature films, four short film programs, screenings of anniversary and restored films and special events. The festival strives to present a celebration of independent films that tell the stories and explore the history and heritage of the global Black experience, according to its website.

Festival passes are $60 for non-members and $30 for members, and each pass includes six tickets to regular film screenings. Individual tickets for in-person and virtual film screenings are $12 for non-members and $6 for members. Tickets can be bought online or at 164 N. State St.

The in-person and virtual schedule are online.

A still from Cooley High (1975). Courtesy of Gene Siskel Film Center.

This year’s festival will be dedicated to Sergio Mims, the co-founder of the festival and its longtime co-programmer and consultant, according to its website. Sergio died Oct. 4.

The festival began in 1994, after the film center staff learned Chicago’s only Black film festival — the Blacklight Film Festival — was disbanded, according to the School of the Art Institute Chicago.

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