Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

Happy Hour

Unapologetic & Voodoo MacBeth

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:00 PM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Join us on the CIFF YouTube page for one of our live, interactive Happy Hour shows in which we cover Festival news, updates, and recaps, as well as chat with filmmakers, cast, and subjects from mulitple films in the festival. You'll be able to ask questions through the live chat feature, so come ready!



Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM


Janaé and Bella are Black female activists fighting for transformative justice, responsible policing, and legal reform in Chicago, Illinois. Frustrated that Black women are frequently excluded from leadership in mainstream movements, they unapologetically advocate for racial justice through a Black, queer, female lens. Janaé, a leader in the Black Youth Project 100 and a doctoral candidate, balances rallies for justice with dissertation meetings. Bella is a scholar and “raptivist” using music to promote Black liberation and uplift Black women. The documentary follows their relentless campaigns to achieve justice for Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, both fatally shot by police. Despite...

Voodoo Macbeth

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

Voodoo Macbeth

It’s October 1935. America is in the midst of The Great Depression, and millions of unemployed are struggling to survive. Still, Harlem’s Lafayette Theater continues operations and is the most active Negro Theater unit of the Federal Theater Project, a New Deal program funding live artist performance and designed to boost employment. Led by Rose McClendon and John Houseman, the company challenges conventional perspectives of Black theater by producing their first classical production. Houseman hires the inexperienced, boisterous, and arrogant 20-year-old Orson Welles to direct the first all-Black cast performing Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Welles, determined to create shockwaves with his first...

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