Daje Shelton at school in 'For AhKeem.

Daje Shelton at school in ‘For AhKeem.

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is once again pulling out all the stops for its 16th Annual TFF film feast, April 19—30.

Nonfiction films include “Copwatch” (it explores citizen journalism as a deterrent to police brutality), real life detective tale “True Convictions,” and The Spotlight Documentary “LA 92” (a new all-archival National Geographic feature that exhibits the precursor court cases and city-wide reverberations following the verdict in the Rodney King trial 25 years ago this spring).

The opening night film, “Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives,” world premiere will be at Radio City Music Hall on April 19th, with performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson; Earth, Wind & Fire, and more to be announced.

In the Viewpoints section (Tribeca’s home for bold directorial visions and underrepresented perspectives), there is “For Akheem,” which illuminates the challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today. Among the “LBGT” theme, there are “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” “Nobody’s Watching,” ‘Saturday Church,’ and “Tom of Finland.

A scene from 'The Other Dakar.

A scene from ‘The Other Dakar.

As a cultural festival, Tribeca says it’s heritage and mission “is to elevate the voices of some of the most exciting artists and storytellers working in contemporary film. The wide range of topics explored include hot-button issues unfolding daily in the U.S. and around the world, portraits of complex and inspirational artists, stories of historical moments, and clever films that are just plain fun.”

Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises explains why the comprehensive offerings are so apropos during these trying times: “In the current climate, both in the literal and political sense, it is more important than ever to elevate stories about the moments we are going through as a nation and as global citizens. We were really moved by this group of projects that reflect our world and the critical tipping point we have reached.”

For information on the fantastic virtual reality and experiential programming, tickets and package deals, go to: https://tribecafilm.com/festival/

Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]

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