The definition of urban, an adjective, reflects a characteristic of a town or city, “the urban population” according to a Google search. In this spirit—I assume—The Urbanworld Film Festival was so named. From Sept. 18-22 the 23rd annual Urbanworld Film Festival will screen 78 official selections and 7 spotlight selections representing inclusion in the broadest sense with content from around the globe by creators of color and women. The festival will take place in Manhattan’s AMC Empire 25 on 234 West 42nd Street. Festival director and head of programming of the Urbanworld Film Festival shared this: “Each year we strive to expand our programming slate to expose stories, themes, and characters that have been under-represented in our world. This year is no exception.” Some of the spotlights of the festival include: Focus Features’ “Harriet” will open the festival on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tony-winning Broadway actor Cynthia Erivo stars in Kasi Lemmons’ inspiring biopic about renowned abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and risked her life to lead others to freedom through the network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Erivo, Lemmons and producers Debra Martin Chase and Daniela Taplin Lundberg are confirmed to attend the festival and a conversation with them, moderated by “CBS This Morning… Read full this story
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