International Gullah Film Festival gets under way in Georgetown

31 Mar

International Gullah Film Festival gets under way in Georgetown

The opening weekend of the 2022 International Gullah Film Festival will feature a full slate of events, highlighted by a screening of “Freedom of North Carolina,” director James Jones Jr.’s new film. 

The TIGFF, which runs from April 1-16, will kick off with an opening reception and networking event at the Access Alliance Insurance Group Office at 6 p.m., followed by the screening of “Freedom of North Carolina” at The Howard Auditorium on Front Street in historic Georgetown. Jones will be in attendance.

Chronicling the story of a family enslaved on a Hoperville Plantation, the film focuses on the daily struggles of a 14-year-old girl and the emotional rollercoaster the family must endure. 

On April 2, the TIGFF will move to Black River Cypress Preserve in Andrews where a VIP Network Panel Discussion (6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.) will be followed by the screening of several short films. The following movies will be screened: 

Glory Mountain, directed by Felicia Rivers

Fevered Dreams, directed by L.M. Davis

Requiem For Black Love, directed by Eric Almond 

Sweet Home Alabama: A Chief And His Protege, directed by Frederick Murphy

Hello Yesterday, directed by Imole Ladipo

The viewing schedule for the rest of the TGIFF is as follows:

April 4

The Howard Auditorium, 10 a.m. 

Senior Screening

The Nine O’Clock Whistle

Afrikan By Way of American 

54 Years Late

Judge Yancey And The 17 Hand Mule

April 5

The Howard Auditorium, 7 p.m. 

Business Incubator

Radio Theatre For Your Soul

My Skin Is Not A Sin

The Adventures Of A Black Traveler

Borders And Frontiers Of Gender

April 9

The Howard Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Vendor Village

The Hurt We Share

Something’s Off

The Gratitude House

AKA The Winner

The Knell

Karla’s Magic Soul

Justin And The Werloobee



9 Wives

The First Queen 

April 15

The Howard Auditorium, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Marylin Hemingway Presentation

Minnesota: The Modern Day Selma

Not Fair

The Return Of Us

The Day I Had To Grow Up

Valentine’s Night


April 16

The Howard Auditorium, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Gullah Preservation Society Closing Finale

TIGFF will also have a virtual program sponsored by A slate of 17 short films and documentaries will screen along with professional presentations and an excerpt reading of “Root Magic” followed by a Q&A with author Eden Royce on April 9 at 4 p.m.

Tickets for the TIGFF are $25. 

For more information on the Gullah International Film Festival, visit 

By Chris King for South Carolina’s Hammock Coast®

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