Created to showcase the voice and stories of Black filmmakers, the 3rd annual Detroit Black Film Festival returns Sept. 21-25 this year with 86 different films by Black independent filmmakers from across the globe. Two days of screenings will be hosted at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Marlene Boll Theatre, inside the downtown Detroit YMCA. 

Kicking off the event, the Motown Museum will present a special opening night screening of “Lady Sings the Blues” at the Wright Museum in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film’s release by Motown Productions. 

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Host Stephen Henderson talks with Detroit Black Film Festival Co-founders Lazar and Marshalle Favors about what’s on tap for the five-day event and the types of films audiences will be able to view at the festival. 

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