The tenth edition of the annual festival of black independent film continues Friday, August 9, through Monday, August 12, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, and the DuSable Museum of African American History, 56th Place and Cottage Grove. Tickets are $5 ($7 for True Identity), with discounts available to Blacklight and Film Center members. For more information call 509-2981.


FINZAN A young widow dares to reject the West African practice of “wife inheritance” when her brother-in-law claims her as his third wife in Cheick Oumar Sissoko’s feature from Mali, a picture that’s highly recommended by my colleagues (1990). (Film Center, 6:00)

BLOOD IN THE FACE A highly acclaimed documentary about the current white supremacy movement in the U.S. by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, and James Ridgeway. (Film Center, 8:30)


SHORT FILM SHOWCASE Five short films: Larry Carty’s Oreos With Attitude (1990), Gay Abel-Bey’s Fragrance (1985), Denise Byrd’s Saving Grace (1990), Monty Ross’s 1-900-Date Lucy, and Carlos Spivey’s animated Mama Seed Tree. (Film Center, 3:30)

LETTERS FROM ALOU The adventures of a Senegalese immigrant (Mulie Jarju) traveling across Spain in search of a job is the subject of Montxo Armendariz’s Spanish feature (1990). (Film Center, 6:00)

CHAMELEON STREET The tragicomic true-life story of William Douglas Street, who spent 14 years impersonating other people, is the subject of Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s controversial feature. Harris, who will be present at the screening, stars as Street; Angela Leslie costars (1989). (Film Center, 8:30)


IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE and SOULS OF SIN William Greaves’s 1989 documentary about Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), the pioneering black journalist and advocate of women’s rights; Al Freeman narrates, and Toni Morrison reads from Wells’s writings. On the same program, Powell Lindsey’s 1948 feature Souls of Sin, which stars Greaves as a musician who shares a Harlem flat with a gambler and an unemployed writer. (Film Center, 2:00)

FINZAN See listing under Friday, August 9. (Film Center, 4:30)

TRUE IDENTITY British comic Lenny Henry stars in this new feature by Charles Lane (Sidewalk Stories) about an aspiring black actor who discovers that a supposedly dead Mafia boss is alive, disguised by plastic surgery; complications ensue when the actor has to pretend to be white to uncover the boss. Costarring Anna Marie Johnson and Lane. Henry, Johnson, and Lane will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 7:00)


IT’S NOT EASY Faustin J. Visanvu’s 48-minute film from Uganda about a successful young African businessman who discovers his newly born son, his first child, has AIDS. (DuSable Museum, 7:00)

WALK ON WHITE NAILS The world premiere of a feature by Alonzo Crawford that explores the relationship between a white businesswoman and a black dentist. (DuSable Museum, 9:00)