The 2006 Roxbury Film Festival

“My Backyard Was a Mountain”

Presented by Andrea C. Spence

The Award for Most Original Voice (New England Filmmaker)

Bonita Walker


“After the Rape”

Presented by the LEF Foundation

The Award for Best Youth Filmmaker

Brandon Harrington for “Cause and Effect”


Rene Dongo for “Razurate”

Presented by Northeastern University Department of African-American Studies

Awards from Luman Eclipse

Winners receive one month of promotional support and placement on the Lumen Eclipse outdoor video art displays in Harvard Square.

For Most Original Voice (Bonita Walker)


For Emerging Local Filmmaker (John Oluwole Adekoje)


AFTER THE RAPE Directed and Produced by Bonita Walker

Documentary Short, Adult Content

8 minutes

This film explores some of the emotional effects that women go through after being raped or molested. All the serials are based on true stories ranging from hours after a rape to years later. Rape is not only a physical violation it is also a violation to ones psyche.

Friday, July 28 at 8PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

ALL TALK, Directed and Produced by Michael Chew & Lionel Blaise

Youth Produced

3 minutes

A short narrative of a weird experience that happened to a boy.

Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

ALONE, Directed by Clayton Broomes, Jr. and Produced by Susan Olupitan

Narrative Short

23 minutes

Two lonely people, an older man and a young woman, meet and make an instant connection. For him, it becomes a matter of not letting her go while she tries to reconnect with her estranged family. Together, they venture on a startling journey of discovery revolving around the puzzling issue of suicide.

AMONG THIEVES, Directed and Produced by Oscar Daniels

Narrative Short, Violent Content

23 minutes

A young thief on the run from the police holds an elderly woman hostage in her home. Their relationship evolves from antagonism to respect and ends in an unexpected gesture of friendship.

Saturday, July 29 at 8PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

THE ANSWER OF HIS HEART, Directed and Produced by Marena Cruz

Youth Produced

1 minute

This video love poem, asks the question ‘How does the boy I love feel about me?’

Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

ARISTIDE AND THE ENDLESS REVOLUTION, Directed by Nicolas Rossier and Produced by Nicolas Rossier and Roopa Choudhury

Documentary Feature

82 minutes

Through an investigative lense ARISITIDE AND THE ENDLESS REVOLUTION explores the events that led to the removal of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the democratically elected President of Haiti. Filmmaker, Nicolas Rossier, takes the viewer into a journey of political intrigue, armed criminals posing as freedom fighters and economic fiascos. What emerges is a young democracy being constantly tested and ultimately destroyed.


Saturday, July 29 at 6PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.


Documentary Feature, Adult Content

62 minutes

Beyond Beats and Rhymes, is a riveting documentary that examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through the lens of filmmaker Byron Hurt, a former college quarterback turned activist. Conceived as a ‘loving critique’ from a self-proclaimed ‘Hip-Hop Head,’ Hurt tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture.


Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

BICENTENNIAL NIGGER, Directed and Produced by Matthew Jackson

Experimental Short, Explicit Language

4 minutes

Bicentennial Nigger is a haunting melange of photographs, film clips, and magazine articles that bestill the African-American experience in this country from Jamestown, through the Civil War to Hurricane Katrina and beyond.

Friday, July 28 at 4PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

BLACK MEN CAN FLY: THE STORY OF GEORGE S. LIMA, Directed and Produced by Napoleon X

Documentary Short

16 minutes

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