WHO WILL BEGIN ANOTHER FIRE – Anthology of Short Films by Emerging Filmmakers – blackfilm.com


WHO WILL BEGIN ANOTHER FIRE – Anthology of short films by emerging filmmakers | Kino Lorber and Dedza Films are proud to announce the DVD and digital release of THAT LIGHTS ANOTHER FIRE, an international short film omnibus showcasing the works of emerging filmmakers from under-represented communities around the world.

The collection includes nine films, directed 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.

Available on DVD and digitally on Kino nowAugust 10, 2021

THAT LIGHTS ANOTHER FIRE was also theatrically released by Kino Lorber, starting his virtual cinema on June 11, 2021, in collaboration with Dedza Films with the aim of presenting these stories in a way traditionally reserved for feature films, and showcasing the first works of emerging filmmakers from under-represented communities.

Each of these stories is personal and distinctly told, yet unified by the themes of rebirth and growth. These films reject the idea of ​​art for the sake of art and do not exist in self-conceived aesthetic voids. Their creation represents a necessary calculation for their creators and therefore perhaps also for their spectators. These are growing films by growing filmmakers, made for the future and the past, presented for you to experience for the first time every now and then and again afterwards.

The title THAT LIGHTS ANOTHER FIRE refers to Malawian poet Jack Mapanje Before the Chilembwe tree (1981), in which he asks: “Who is going to light another fire?” By omitting the question mark and keeping his language, we offer an answer to his question.

DEDZA Scrapbook, an online initiative of aspiring color film critics who will write about each film, will also be released on August 10, available at DedzaFilms.co. The goal of this supplement is to further develop a community of emerging talent whose work and discourse can mutually uplift.

WHO WILL BEGIN ANOTHER FIRE – Anthology of short films by emerging filmmakers

The collection trailer was created by 17-year-old editor Clémentine Narcisse and the anthology DVD poster was designed by Dedza’s design manager Xan Black. Take a look below!

Official selections for WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE:

Not black enough РDirected by Jermaine Manigault | United States | 19m | English official selection: Flatpack, LA Shorts International, Aesthetica Short, Hollyshorts, Tallinn Black Nights, Emerging Lens Cultural. Directed by Jermaine Manigault. A young African American man struggling to find his identity within his community encounters a compelling relic from the past. With Corey Knight (We are who we are) and Patrick D̩cile (Moonlight).

Not black enough

Like flying – Directed by Peier Tracy Shen | United States | 15m | Official selection in Mandarin and English 2021: Nashville, Palm Springs International Shortfest, Cinequest. A young Chinese-American girl goes through her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship.

Like flying

Family tree – Directed by Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu | Uganda | 17m | Official selection Luganda & Anglais 2021: Panafricain, Ngalabi International Shorts, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, Capitol Hill. We meet Nagawa, an 8-year-old schoolgirl, whose day is almost like any other. She presents a school project on her family tree to her classmates and her teacher. According to Nagawa, her family consists of herself, her mother and her father, whom she only sees once a week. This is its normality. When her mother Margaret picks up Nagawa from school, she doesn’t have the heart to tell her daughter that her beloved father has had a terrible accident. They arrive at the hospital to watch. His father, an honorable member of the Ugandan parliament, is very popular, and a few people gather outside the private room, including his mistresses with him and their children. Nagawa doesn’t know any of these people and they don’t know her. What follows for Nagawa is an embarrassing, confusing and heartbreaking afternoon as her parents’ betrayal sets in.

Family tree

Troublemaker – Directed by Olive Nwosu | Nigeria | 11m | IgboWinner: Best Student Film Award at Discover Film Festival 2019, Best Director at Queens World Film Festival 2020; Nominated: Best Short Film at Raindance 2020, Africa in Motion Film Festival 2020. Obi is hot, bored and desperate for something to do. When his best friend, Emeka, gives him a bundle of firecrackers, the boys decide to have some fun. However, things unexpectedly escalate, as Obi first learns that actions have consequences and that there are still things he cannot comprehend.


Polygraph – Directed by Samira Saraya | Israel | 20m | Winner in Arabic and Hebrew: Honorable Mention at Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2020 Official Selection: Queer Screen, Rose Filmdagen, Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, Kashish Mumbai International Queer, MIX Milano. Based on a true story, Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, discovers that her lover Or, an IDF intelligence officer, has been reporting on their relationship. Their bond is even more strained by the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014 and by the visit of Yasmine’s sister, who arrives from the West Bank without knowing that she will meet the enemy occupying her own sister’s home.


The lights are on, no one is home – Directed by Faye Ruiz | United States | 10m | FrenchOfficial selection: BFI Flare, Outfest Fusion, Longue distance. Mar, a trans woman who left home years ago, returns to her old neighborhood to find her childhood home. Upon her return, she is confronted with the changes that gentrification has brought to the place she once knew so well. With all of her old ways back home gone, she wanders the streets aimlessly. Memories of her early transition, of the places she’s been, of her family, her best friend, and an addiction she can’t seem to shake off resurface in unexpected and painful ways. Forced to face how she has remained static in a place that has seemingly changed overnight, she searches for a way to make peace with those changes or maybe just a familiar place to rest her head.

The lights are on, no one is home

Passing through Canarsie – Directed by Emily Packer & Lesley Steele | United States | 14m | FrenchOfficial selection: DOC NYC, BlackStar, Twin Cities Black, Better Cities, Prismatic Ground, Third Horizon. A wandering portrait of an often overlooked riverside community, By Way of Canarsie imagines possible futures at odds with a peaceful present. Through brief encounters, observational staging, and expressive use of analog film, we begin to understand the shared desires for recognition and respect of this predominantly black New York neighborhood. While some community members advocate for a commuter ferry to the local pier, others reflect on the current use of natural resources, Indigenous history, and looming environmental concerns that encompass Canarsie’s relationship with water. as it exists today. The future competitors of Canarsie Pier present complications as to how and to whom this public space serves.

Passing through Canarsie

Manila rose – Directed by Alex Westfall | Philippines | 12m | Filipino and English Official selection: San Diego Asian, National Film Festival for Talented Youth, BFI Future, Ivy, CineYouth – Chicago International, 2021 Athens International Film and Video. A fantasy of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who as half of the Marcos regime would become infamous for diverting billions from the country to maintain her extravagant lifestyle. Here, the fates of a young girl and an entire nation intertwine as the absent mother of a country is born.

Manila rose

Slide – Directed by Nicole Otero | United States | 11mOfficial Selection: Indie Memphis Film Festival 2019. A woman arrives home at the end of a normal day, but as she begins to go to bed for the night, she is overcome with a feeling of restlessness. Unable to integrate into her own world, she returns to the night. His journey around a largely empty city, obscured by darkness, cascading through space and time, away from one feeling and in search of another. With singer-songwriter Tei Shi.



Kate is an American of Malawian descent who is pursuing her undergraduate studies at Emerson College. She is the founder of the short film distribution initiative Dedza Films, supported by Kino Lorber. Dedza Films is dedicated to acquiring short films from under-represented communities and creating space for emerging storytellers. Kate interned with Kino Lorber, Film Comment, NEON and recently Mubi. Her film debut began as an emerging apprentice programmer at the Tallgrass Film Festival, a program sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the recipient of the FilmWatch Fellowship. In addition to cast, Kate works as a producer on independent productions and also aims to direct.

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