Urbanworld International Film Festival Announces 2023 Slate of Star-Studded Titles

NEW YORK, NY (October 6, 2023) – The 27th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival has announced its official 2023 slate, which includes a clips and conversation event with Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels” writer/director and Urbanworld alum Nia DaCosta, as well as the world premiere of A Wu-Tang Experience: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, directed by The RZA and Gerald Barclay.

This year’s festival will take place on November 1-5, 2023 at AMC 34th Street and the SVA Theatre. HBO returns to Urbanworld as a Founding Partner with Warner Bros. Discovery serving as Prestige Partner.

2023 Urbanworld Film Festival Slate


  • Lawmen: Bass Reeves – Created by Chad Feehan (Presented by Paramount+)
  • Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story – Directed by Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz (Presented by Prime Video)
  • Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School – Directed by Amy Schatz (Presented by HBO Documentary Films)
  • The Space Race – Directed by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés (Presented by National Geographic Documentary Films)


  • Chronicles of a Wandering Saint (Argentina) – Directed by Tomás Gómez Bustillo (New York Premiere)
  • Frybread Face and Me – Directed by Billy Luther (New York Premiere)
  • INKY PINKY PONKY (New Zealand) – Directed by Damon Fepuleai, Ramon TeWake (U.S. Premiere)
  • To Live and Die and Live – Directed by Qasim Basir
  • Young. Wild. Free. – Directed by Thembi Banks (New York Premiere)
  • Sira (Burkina Faso) – Directed by Apolline Traoré (U.S. Premiere)


  • A Wu-Tang Experience: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Directed by Gerald K. Barclay and The RZA (World Premiere)
  • Bike Vessel – Directed by Eric D. Seals (New York Premiere)
  • Black Barbie: A Documentary – Directed by Lagueria Davis (New York Premiere)
  • Brief Tender Light (Ghana/USA) – Directed by Arthur Musah (New York Premiere)


  • Beautiful, FL – Directed by Gabriela Ortega
  • Black Belts – Directed by Spencer Glover
  • Maxine – Directed by Niki Ang
  • Project CC – Directed by Cashmere Jasmine
  • The Ghost – Directed by Erica Eng
  • The Roof – Directed by Alexander Bocchieri

POV SHOWCASE (Presented by WNET)

  • By Way of Canarsie – Directed by Emily Packer and Lesley Steele
  • Freshwater – Directed by dream hampton
  • Sol in the Garden – Directed by Emily Cohen Ibañez and Débora Souza Silva
  • Still Waters – Directed by Aurora Brachman
  • The Dream of a Horse (Iran) – Directed by Marjan Khosravi (New York Premiere)


  • A Version – Directed by Asad Farooqui (New York Premiere)
  • August Visitor – Directed by Ifeyinwa Arinze
  • Becoming – Directed by Tramaine Raphael Gray
  • Children of Light (Korea/USA) – Directed by Minkyu Kang (New York Premiere)
  • Choices – Directed by Justin Luis Denis (World Premiere)
  • Cousins – Directed by Karina Dandashi
  • Cut Me If You Can – Directed by Nicolas Polixene and Sylvain Loubet (New York Premiere)
  • Death & Ramen – Directed by Tiger Ji
  • Don’t Touch My Hair – Directed by Matthew Law (New York Premiere)
  • Don’t Wait Up For Me – Directed by Alain Alfaro (New York Premiere)
  • ExpoZure – Directed by Kimson Albert (World Premiere)
  • Hématome (Belgium) – Directed by Babetida Sadjo
  • Homing – Directed by Ricardo Varona (New York Premiere)
  • House Party (United Kingdom) – Directed by William Alexander Boyd III (U.S. Premiere)
  • Incomplete – Directed by Zoey Martinson
  • I Held Him – Directed by Hans Augustave
  • JAMAAL – Directed by Yvonne Orji (World Premiere)
  • Jerome – Directed by Gianfranco Fernández-Ruiz (New York Premiere)
  • LOOK BACK AT IT – Directed by Felicia Pride
  • Lunchbox – Directed by Anne Hu
  • Magic Ring – Directed by Alex Ashe
  • My Two Left Feet – Directed by Damian Gonzalez (U.S. Premiere)
  • October Mourning – Directed by Frederick Thornton (New York Premiere)
  • Reunion – Directed by Zainab Jah and Tim Naylor (New York Premiere)
  • Spaceship – Directed by Jorge G. Camarena (New York Premiere)
  • The Burden – Directed by Tish Arana (New York Premiere)
  • The Fore-men (Canada) – Directed by Adrian Bobb (East Coast Premiere)
  • The Old Young Crow (Japan) – Directed by Liam LoPinto (New York Premiere)
  • TikTok Challenged – Directed by Ivan Rome
  • YELLOW (United Kingdom) – Directed by ELHAM EHSAS (East Coast Premiere)



  • Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games – Directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson (Presented by ESPN Films)
  • Duckworthy – Directed by M.G. Evangelista (New York Premiere)
  • I Was a Soul Train Dancer – Directed by Timiza Sanyika (New York Premiere)
  • Merman – Directed by Sterling Hampton IV
  • PART OF ME – Anuar Khalifi BY Yasiin Bey (Spain) – Directed by Jordi Esgleas Marroi (New York Premiere)
  • SLICE – Directed by Zaire Love (New York Premiere)
  • The Big Idea: Birth Without Bias – Directed by Sarah Klein, Tom Mason (New York Premiere)
  • Things Long Left Unsaid – Directed by Antonia Thornton (New York Premiere)
  • WA GUEJJ GUI – OCEAN PEOPLE – Directed by Clé Hunnigan (World Premiere)



  • Bridges – Directed by Jonathan Davenport (World Premiere)
  • BURNING RUBBER – Directed by Christopher Fequiere and Dara King (New York Premiere)
  • Lil’ Ruby – Directed by Bartek Kik (New York Premiere)
  • Perfect City: The Bravest Kid – Directed by Shengwei Zhou (East Coast Premiere)
  • Tomato Kitchen (China) – Directed by Junyi Xiao



  • BET Presents: A Love Letter to Hip Hop – Directed by Benny Boom
  • FLOWER – Directed by Lauren Finerman
  • It Smells Like Springtime – Directed by Mackie Mallison
  • Quiet As It’s Kept – Directed by Ja’Tovia Gary (New York Premiere)
  • Paradise Ft. Terrace Martin & Alex Isley – Directed By child. (Presented By Jill Newman Productions)



  • BURNT MILK (Jamaica) – Directed by Joseph Douglas Elmhirst (U.S. Premiere)
  • Of Silence and Song – Directed by Dai Leyi (New York Premiere)
  • Shallots and Garlic / Bawang Merah Bawang Putih (Indonesia/Canada) – Directed by Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto (New York Premiere)
  • Xiaohui and his cows (China) – Directed by Xinying Lao (New York City Premiere)
  • UNERASABLE – Directed by Déon Ragin (World Premiere)


  • I Don’t Dream in Spanish Anymore – Written by Missy Hernandez
  • Long Live AJ – Written by Marvin Van Buren
  • Panorama Connection – Written by Nicole Weaver
  • The Washroom – Written by Omar Al Dakheel and Elie El Choufany

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