Your Guide to the Smithsonian African American Film Festival

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “United Skates,” “This Little Light,” and “Widows.” Photographs courtesy of Smithsonian African American Film Festival.

The inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival, organized by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has a blockbuster lineup of films (over 80!) and events, including post-screening chats with celebs like Quincy JonesRegina King, and Barry Jenkins, and it also offers a peek at the original Black Panther costume. Here’s everything you should know.

Major Movie Highlights


Steve McQueen, the auteur behind 12 Years a Slave, directs from a script he co-wrote with thriller queen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Viola Davis leads a stacked ensemble, featuring Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out),…

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