Who Will Start Another Fire
Directed by Peier Tracy Shen, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Olive Nwosu, Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Lesley Steele, Emily Packer, Alex Westfall, Nicole Otero, Jermaine Manigault
Who Will Start Another Fire is a collection of nine films by emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities around the world, presented by the new distribution initiative Dedza Films. Each of these stories is personal and distinctly told, but unified by themes of rebirth and growth. These films reject the idea of art for art's sake and do not exist in self-designed aesthetic vacuums. Their creation represents a necessary reckoning for their makers and so perhaps, too, their viewers. These are growing films by growing filmmakers, made for the future and the past, presented for you to experience for the first time now and again and again afterwards.
The title Who Will Start Another Fire alludes to Malawian poet Jack Mapanje’s Before Chilembwe Tree (1981), in which he asks, “Who will start another fire?” By omitting the question mark and retaining his language, we propose an answer to his question.
Who WIll Start Another Fire is now playing in select theaters and virtual cinemas nationwide. Click here to learn more about Kino Marquee and find a virtual cinema supporting a theater near you.
15 Minutes / USA / 2020
Directed by Peier Tracy Shen
A young Chinese-American girl navigates her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship.
17 Minutes / Uganda / 2020
Directed by Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu
We meet Nagawa, an 8 year old, whose day is almost like any other. When her mother Margaret picks up Nagawa from school, she doesn't have the heart to tell her daughter that her beloved father has been in a terrible accident.
11 Minutes / Nigeria / 2019
Directed by Olive Nwosu
Obi is hot, bored, and desperate for something to do. When his best friend, Emeka, gives him a packet of firecrackers, the boys decide to have some fun.
20 Minutes / Israel / 2020
Directed by Samira Saraya
Based on a true story, Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, finds out that her lover Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship.
The Lights Are On, No One’s Home
10 Minutes / USA / 2020
Directed by Faye Ruiz
Mar, a trans woman who left home years ago, returns to her old neighborhood to find her childhood home. Upon her return, she’s confronted with the changes that gentrification has brought to the place she once knew so well.
By Way of Canarsie
14 Minutes / USA / 2020
Directed by Lesley Steele & Emily Packer
A wandering portrait of an oft-neglected shoreline community, By Way of Canarsie imagines possible futures at odds with a peaceful present.
The Rose of Manila
12 Minutes / Philippines / 2020
Directed by Alex Westfall
An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the country to sustain her extravagant lifestyle.
11 Minutes / USA / 2019
Directed by Nicole Otero
A woman arrives home at the end of a regular day, but as she begins to turn in for the night, she is overcome with a sense of restlessness.
Not Black Enough
19 Minutes / USA / 2020
Directed by Jermaine Manigault
A young African-American man struggling to find his identity within his community meets a persuasive relic of the past.
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Color: Color and B&W
|a/perture cinema||Winston Salem||NC||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|ACME Screening Room||Lambertville||NJ||1625198400July 2 - September 17, 2021|
|Amherst Cinema||Amherst||MA||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks||Bethlehem||PA||1623124800June 8 - September 10, 2021|
|Be Reel Black Cinema Club||Brooklyn||NY||1623297600June 10 - September 10, 2021|
|Brattle Theatre||Cambridge||MA||1623038400June 7 - September 10, 2021|
|Bryn Mawr Film Institute||Bryn Mawr||PA||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|Cinema Detroit||Detroit||MI||1623038400June 7 - September 10, 2021|
|CineSpeak||Philadelphia||PA||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|Columbia University School of the Arts||New York||NY||1633060800October 1 - December 31, 2021|
|Darkside Cinema||Corvallis||OR||1622174400May 28 - August 6, 2021|
|Downing Film Center||Newburgh||NY||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|Epsilon Spires||Brattleboro||VT||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|Fine Arts Theatres||Overland Park||KS||1626235200July 14 - September 24, 2021|
|Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival||Fort Lauderdale||FL||1623038400June 7 - September 10, 2021|
|Gateway Film Center||Columbus||OH||1624593600June 25, 2021|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|Guild Cinema||Albuquerque||NM||1622692800June 3 - November 19, 2021|
|Harris Theater||Pittsburgh||PA||1623297600June 10 - September 24, 2021|
|Hopewell Theater||Hopewell||NJ||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|Indie Memphis||Memphis||TN||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|International Film Series||Boulder||CO||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|Jacob Burns Film Center||Pleasantville||NY||1623384000June 11 - September 10, 2021|
|Laemmle Theatres||Los Angeles||CA||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|mama.film||Wichita||KS||1622692800June 3 - June 17, 2021|
|Metro Cinema||Edmonton||AB||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|Montclair Film Festival||Montclair||NJ||1623038400June 7 - September 10, 2021|
|NFFTY||Seattle||WA||1623384000June 11 - September 10, 2021|
|Portland Museum of Art||Portland||ME||1623038400June 7 - September 10, 2021|
|Rhizome DC||Washington||DC||1623211200June 9 - September 10, 2021|
|Row House Cinema||Pittsburgh||PA||1623729600June 15 - September 10, 2021|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|SIFF Film Center||Seattle||WA||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|The Cinematheque||Vancouver||BC||1622174400May 28 - June 25, 2021|
|The Future of Film is Female||Brooklyn||NY||1623988800June 18 - September 10, 2021|
|The Nightlight Cinema||Akron||OH||1625803200July 9, 2021|
|Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins||Kansas City||MO||1625716800July 8 - September 24, 2021|
|Webster University Film Series||St. Louis||MO||1622174400May 28 - September 10, 2021|
|Winnipeg Cinematheque||Winnipeg||MB||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|
|Zeitgeist Theatre||Arabi||LA||1622692800June 3 - September 10, 2021|