Who Will Start Another Fire is 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. These films reject the idea of art for art’s sake and do not exist in self-designed aesthetic vacuums. Their creation represents a necessary reckoning for their makers and so perhaps, too, their viewers. These are growing films by growing filmmakers, made for the future and the past, presented for you to experience for the first time now and again and again afterwards.
The title 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.
1. Like Flying (Peier Tracy Shen, USA 2020. 15 min.)
2. Family Tree (Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Uganda 2020. 17 min.)
3. Troublemaker (Olive Nwosu, Nigeria 2019. 11 min.)
4. Polygraph (Samira Saraya, Israel 2020. 20 min.)
5. The Lights Are On, No One’s Home (Faye Ruiz, USA 2020. 10 min.)
6. By Way of Canarsie Directed (Emily Packer, Lesley Steele, USA 2020. 14 min.)
7. The Rose of Manila (Alex Westfall, Philippines 2020. 12 min.)
8. Slip (Nicole Otero, USA 2019. 11 min.)
9. Not Black Enough (Jermaine Manigault, USA 2020. 19 min.)
Worldwide 2021, 130 mins, Dir: Various
Various languages with English subtitles
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