RISE UP & WALK!
The Black August Film Festival will be held on August 19-20, 2023, at Boston Court in Pasadena. The festival will welcome films about social issues around the world. Black August is an annual commemoration and prison-based holiday to remember Black freedom fights and political prisoners and to highlight Black resistance against racial oppression. It takes place during the entire calendar month of August. Black August was initiated by the Black Guerilla Family in San Quentin State Prison in 1979 when a group of incarcerated people came together to commemorate the deaths of brothers Jonathan P. Jackson (d. August 7, 1970) and George L. Jackson (d. August 21, 1971) at San Quentin State Prison.
The Black August Film Festival Is unique because it only welcomes films that deal with social issues, from minimum wage to the prison population and police abuse. The festival will be filled with thought-provoking content and panels.
Through the Pasadena African American Film Foundation's "Teens in the Scene" program, we welcome student films to enter the Black August Film Festival at a discounted price. We encourage students to tackle social issues.
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The Black August Film Festival would not be possible without the generous support provided by our Festival Sponsors who understand the value film, and the arts, in general, brings to a community. We Thank You for your continued support! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please Contact