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Define American Film Festival (DAFF), Presented By The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture
Charlotte, NC
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The Hilton Garden Inn will be giving discounts to festival attendees who book before May 1st. The phone number that you can call to book is 1-800-445-8667, and the group code is: DAFF. See you there!


Define American Film Festival (DAFF), Presented By The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture
Weekend Passes: SOLD OUT
Tickets to individual screenings STILL AVAILABLE!


Audience-goers will get an entertaining and informative look at the immigrant experience across a range of cultures. Each film screening will be followed by panel discussions featuring filmmakers, actors, and local advocates. During these panels, we hope to hear candid and impassioned perspectives that help us go beyond the reductive, simplistic talking points that we've become accustomed to, humanizing the issue of immigration.

The topic of immigration intersects deeply with issues of race, identity, women's rights, and LGBTQ rights and this intersectionality will be explored at this years festival.

In addition to each screening, attendees will have FREE access to explore the art exhibits at the the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

All festival attendees will have the chance to experience a virtual reality experience created by an LA based VR company called Ryot, which has been designed to help festival goers experience what Syrian refugees are going through in their journeys to escape violence.

For detailed information on each panelist please visit: https://defineamerican.com/filmfest/panels


If you feel that the cost of the festival will prevent you from attending, please E-mail: Ent@DefineAmerican.com.

The Hilton Garden Inn will be giving discounts to festival attendees who book rooms before May 1st. The phone number that you can call to book is 1-800-445-8667, and the group code is: DAFF.

Location: The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts
+ Culture
551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

PARKING is located on the first two levels under the Duke Energy building at the corner of South Tryon and Stonewall Street. To access the garage, visitor entrances are located on West Stonewall and South Church Streets. There are also other surface lots and parking garages within short walking distances of The Gantt Center. Please adhere to those lots' and garages' prices, terms and conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: The main screening room is "1st come, 1st served" and there will be overflow seating for additional attendees. Please arrive early.

Tickets to individual screenings STILL AVAILABLE!


Thursday, May 11th at 7:00pm


DOLORES sheds light on this enigmatic, intensely private woman who is among the most important activists in American history. The film follows Dolores Huerta's fascinating life, from the fearless young woman confronting teamsters on violent picket lines to the activist grandmother nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco police squad. With unprecedented access to both Dolores and her children, the film reveals the raw, personal stories behind the public figure. It portrays a woman both heroic and flawed, working tirelessly for social change even as her eleven children longed to have her at home.The film revisits Dolores Huertas work in advocating for brown power and feminism to LGBTQ rights and environmental justice. Dolores provides a look at the barriers faced by women and people of color within the very communities they're fighting for.


******* Opening Night Reception to follow Dolores! There will be performances by immigrant artists and activists, music, catered appetizers, and drinks. ******

Friday, May 12th at 2:30pm


After taking a DNA test, Latin America's most decorated artist, Rene Perez, AKA Residente, embarks on a global adventure, to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album.

Friday, May 12th at 5:00pm

Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African

A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It specifically looks at how they wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.

Friday, May 12th at 8:00pm

Meet The Patels

Meet the Patels is a funny and lighthearted film about how a family's culture intersects with the love life of an Indian-American man. Meet The Patels uses humor to address a timely social issue: Directors, sister and brother team, Geeta and Ravi Patel began to explore and document the societal pressures of marriage in their first-generation Indian American family. Through research in India and America, they discovered that their Indian Issue was more of an American Issue: the majority of Americans with strong cultural and religious roots shared a serious psychological conflict when it came to dating (and marrying) outside of their skin color, culture, religion, and ethnicity.

Saturday, May 13th at 1:00pm

Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America

Moises story is a transformational journey from depression and despair to a life of passion and purpose. At his lowest point, he meets several undocumented immigrant activists who encourage him to publicly share his story outside the Yadkin County Courthouse. Although a big risk, speaking out sparks a sense of purpose for Moises and leads him, along with other activists, to establish El Cambio, an organization committed to immigrant and migrant rights in North Carolina. Viewers can readily connect to his passion, complexity, and all-around likability. His story relates directly to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S., and LGBTQ individuals fighting for equality and civil rights.

Saturday, May 13th at 4:00pm

White People

Pulitzer Prize-winning filmmaker and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas  teams up with 5 young people across the country to dig deeper into what it really means to be white in our country and why it matters.  

Saturday, May 13th at 8:00pm

***SPECIAL EVENT*** Stories We Tell: How Immigrants are
Portrayed in Hollywood & Popular Culture featuring comedian Cristela Alonzo


The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture (View)
551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States


Film > Festivals

Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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