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Black Planet

Based on Ted Shine's 1974 one-act play, Rebecca Abbott's Herbert III stars the talented George Moore and Aleta Staton as a long-married couple waiting up for their son to come home. Their conversation, which ranges from tender and funny reminiscences of their courtship to bitter memories of segregation and political repression, adds up to a whirlwind tour of recent African-American history. Also set in 1974 is Amy McConnell's endearing Nigel's Fingerprint, in which a mixed marriage tests the bonds of a Toronto family. Daheli Hall's The Memo is a wicked, rapid-fire send-up of both revolutionary fervor and corporate careerism. Also on the program: JJ Goldberger's somber historical drama Stone Mansion and Haaruun Ayawa's densely layered art film First We Pray. 101 min.

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