Film Rental

Fighting for Respect: African American Soldiers in WWI

Available to watch June 27 at 10 am to July 2 at 11:59 pm


Directed by Joanne Burke (USA, 2022, 54 min.)

A landmark documentary that captures the plight of African American soldiers who fought in World War I, receiving the military decoration of the Croix de Guerre from France while still fighting discrimination and hatred at home in America.

Preceded by Two Short Films:

Strike for Freedom

Directed by Parisa Urquhart (Scotland, 2020, 15 min.)

Frederick Douglass, a world-renowned author, orator, and activist, had a major impact on Scotland. His lifelong mission was to “tell the story of the slave” and when he fled to the UK after exposing his slaveholder’s name and deeds, he fell in love with Scotland—and the Scots fell in love with him. At the time the Scots saw Douglass as an icon of the freedom struggle; it’s only now that Scotland finally acknowledges this.

When I Get Grown—Reflections of a Freedom Rider

Directed by Chris Preitauer (USA, 2022, 31 min.)

Trauma experienced by a seven-year-old sets him on a course to become a civil rights legend and change the course of a nation.

Filmmaker Q and A

A prerecorded video Q and A is included with this film rental.

Film Rental Information

Available to rent through 11:59 pm on June 30. This film cannot be rented outside the United States and is available to watch only during the period specified. Once rented, the film may be viewed on the Video Content page.

Festival Passes

If you wish to see multiple films in the Roxbury International Film Festival lineup, purchase a festival pass!

There are separate passes for in-person and online screenings. To access all in-person and online events, please purchase both passes.


$50; available through June 30, 11:59 pm

The ROXFILM@Home Pass grants access to all online screenings.

In-Person Pass

$165; available through June 25, 5 pm

The In-Person Pass grants access to all events in the festival, including those at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hibernian Hall; the Boston Public Library’s Roxbury branch; and ArtsEmerson. See a full list of in-person screenings at

Note that additional venues will be listed on your pass purchase as Non-MFA screenings.