Film

The Roxbury International Film Festival

June 17–26, 2021

The Roxbury International Film Festival (ROXFILM) is the largest festival in New England dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color. Over ten days, the festival screens narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, experimental films, and youth films, all of which present stories of people of color worldwide not often seen in mainstream media.

This year’s festival takes place virtually and in person. Don’t miss How It Feels to Be Free, an unprecedented look at the intersection of African American women artists, politics, and entertainment, streaming online opening night. And stop by the MFA on Saturday, June 19, for a free outdoor screening of Summer of Soul, a stunning documentary treasure from director Questlove featuring unearthed footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

ROXFILM is also partnering with ArtsEmerson to present A Reckoning in Boston and A Tale of Three Chinatowns, two documentaries with local relevance, as part of the monthly film series Shared Stories.

Upcoming Events

Film

June 19, 2021
8:00 pm–10:00 pm

Free outdoor screening! Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (USA, 2021, 117 min.).

Film

June 24, 2021
8:00 pm–10:00 pm

Free outdoor screening! Directed by David E. Talbert (USA, 2020, 122 min.).

Film Rentals

ROXFILM is proud of the thoughtful selection of films in this year’s festival—and you can enjoy each one from the comfort of your own home. Most of the films are followed by Q and As with filmmakers, so be sure to log in to Zoom to catch insightful post-screening discussions.

Festival Pass

Film lovers can get the most bang for their buck with a festival pass and access all films for one low price. (Please note that the films are available to watch only on the specified dates.)

On-sale through Thursday, June 17.

Purchase Festival Pass $125


Already rented a film?

You can watch the film on the Video Content page on the specified dates.

Black and white photograph of Lena Horne in a sequined gown
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Opening night film; available to watch June 17–18
Photograph of a young woman and young man in a classroom
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Available to watch June 17–18; preceded by short film ‘Afro’
Photograph of woman wearing an elaborate and colorful winged costume
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Available to watch June 18–19
Photograph of a man wearing a hat and vest pointing at a work of art
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Available to watch June 18–19
Photograph of eight young woman standing in a line next to each other
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Available to watch June 19–20
Photograph of a young man and woman facing each other
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Available to watch June 19–20; preceded by short films ‘In Sync’ and ‘The Announcement’
Black and white photograph an inspection of of women in the military
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Available to watch June 20–21; preceded by short film ‘Lake Women’
Illustration of a man wearing a white jacket and chef's cap
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Available to watch June 20–21; preceded by short films ‘Boxed’ and ‘The Other Madisons’
Photograph of a group of men men sitting in a courtroom with other people in the background
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Available to watch June 20–21; preceded by short film ‘Ashes to Ashes’
Old black and white photo of a little girl shot very close up and staring into the camera
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Free family-friendly short films; available to watch June 21–22
Photograph of a group of singers singing on a stage in white gowns
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Available to watch June 21-22
Close up photograph of a man in shadowed light
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Available to watch June 21–22; preceded by short film ‘Lean In’
Frontal close up black and white photograph of a man driving a car
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Available to watch June 22–23
Photograph of a woman singing joyfully into a microphone
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Available to watch June 22–23; preceded by short film ‘Kuumba: From Black to Gold’
Photograph of a young person playing electric guitar on a stage
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Available to watch June 23–24
Black and white photograph of a group of men being chased into the water by officers beating them with batons
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Available to watch June 23–24
Photograph of a man singing into a microphone taken from a rear 3/4 view
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Available to watch June 24–25
Photograph of a man in running gear running up a steep rock with mountains in the distance
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Available to watch June 25–26
Close up photograph of a man holding a shot put
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Available to watch June 25–26
Close up photograph of a woman wearing a feathered mask and holding a bowl
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Available to watch June 25–26
Close up photograph of a young girl looking out of a curtained window
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Available to watch June 26–27
Photograph of a woman and others walking along a crowded street
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Available to watch June 26–27; preceded by short films ‘But You’re Not Black’ and ‘Through the Eyes of Women’
Photograph of a man with a concerned expression seated in a room
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Available to watch June 26–27; preceded by short film ‘The Last Starship’

Shared Stories at ROXFILM

In partnership with ArtsEmerson, Shared Stories is a monthly film series in collaboration with the Boston Asian American Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, and the Roxbury International Film Festival that seeks to build community, shared conversation, and experiences through cinema.

film still from A Reckoning in Boston, depicting main in black cap and eyeglasses looking to the right

A Reckoning in Boston

Available to view 5 pm on June 24 through 5 pm on June 26

What keeps the divide between white and Black, rich and poor, so glaringly wide in a prosperous and progressive city?

Rent the Film at ArtsEmerson

Register for a Q and A session with filmmakers on June 24 at 6:30 pm.

Film still from A Tale of Three Chinatowns, depicting a housing protest in which a crowd of people holding signs and banners are listening to a speaker

A Tale of Three Chinatowns

Available to view 8 pm on June 23 through 10 pm on June 27

This feature-length documentary examines Chinatown neighborhoods in three American cities and the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them.

Rent the Film at ArtsEmerson

Sponsors

The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation logo

Funders of the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston