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Fri, Jun 11


Virtual Theater

Who Will Start Another Fire

A collection of nine films by emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities around the world, presented by the new distribution initiative Dedza Films. Each of these stories is personal and distinctly told, but unified by themes of rebirth and growth.

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Who Will Start Another Fire
Who Will Start Another Fire

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Jun 11, 2021, 12:00 AM – Jul 09, 2021, 11:58 PM

Virtual Theater

About the event

WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE (2021), Virtual tickets are $10. for a five-day rental. Includes official selections of festivals such as Cinequest, Queens World, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, Outfest Fusion, BFI Flare, DOC NYC, BlackStar, Prismatic Ground, Indie Memphis, Flatpack, Queer Screen, San Diego Asian, Discover, and Raindance, among many others. With films by: Peier Tracy Shen, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Olive Nwosu, Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Lesley Steele & Emily Packer, Alex Westfall, Nicole Otero, and Jermaine Manigault.


The title of anthology: Who Will Start Another Fire alludes to Malawian poet Jack Mapanje’s Before Chilembwe Tree (1981), in which he asks, “Who will start another fire?” By omitting the question mark and retaining his language, we propose an answer to his question.

Like Flying (2020), USA, 15 Minutes. Directed by Peier Tracy Shen.

A young Chinese-American girl navigates her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship.


Family Tree (2020), Uganda, 17 Minutes, Directed by Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu.

We meet Nagawa, an 8 year old, whose day is almost like any other.  When her mother Margaret picks up Nagawa from school, she doesn't have the heart to tell her daughter that her beloved father has been in a terrible accident.  

Troublemaker (2019), Nigeria, 11 Minutes, Directed by Olive Nwosu.

Obi is hot, bored, and desperate for something to do. When his best friend, Emeka, gives him a packet of firecrackers, the boys decide to have some fun.  

Polygraph (2020), Israel, 20 Minutes, Directed by Samira Saraya.

Based on a true story, Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, finds out that her lover Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship.  

The Lights Are On, No One’s Home (2020), USA, 10 Minutes, Directed by Faye Ruiz.

Mar, a trans woman who left home years ago, returns to her old neighborhood to find her childhood home. Upon her return, she’s confronted with the changes that gentrification has brought to the place she once knew so well.  

By Way of Canarsie (2020), USA, 14 Minutes, Directed by Lesley Steele & Emily Packer.  A wandering portrait of an oft-neglected shoreline community, By Way of Canarsie imagines possible futures at odds with a peaceful present.  

The Rose of Manila (2020), Philippines, 12 Minutes, Directed by Alex Westfall.

An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the country to sustain her extravagant lifestyle.  

Slip (2019), USA, 11 Minutes, Directed by Nicole Otero.

A woman arrives home at the end of a regular day, but as she begins to turn in for the night, she is overcome with a sense of restlessness. 


Not Black Enough (2020), USA, 19 Minutes, Directed by Jermaine Manigault.  A young African-American man struggling to find his identity within his community meets a persuasive relic of the past.

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