BADWest Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers-West Presents 8th Annual ‘Day of Black Docs’


(LOS ANGELES, CA) The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWest) presents their 8th annual “Day of Black Docs” on Saturday, April 12th, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the American Film Institute (AFI) Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Three feature length films, God Loves Uganda by Roger Ross Williams, D. Channsin Berry’s The Black Line (Profile of the African-American Woman), and Be Known by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran complete the program.

Moderating the post-screening panel discussion with the filmmakers will be Stephanie Allain, independent producer, former studio exec, and Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Tickets for the entire day’s event are $15.00 and can be purchased in advance on-line at Seating for all screenings will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Free parking is available.

Formed in 2003, BADWest is a collective of documentary filmmakers of African descent that advocate the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers. Previous DAY OF BLACK DOCS have featured the Oscar-winning “Music by Prudence,” and Emmy-nominees “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” and Stanley Nelson‘s “Freedom Riders”.


God Loves Uganda Filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams
God Loves Uganda Filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams

GOD LOVES UGANDA, (pictured above) a powerful documentary that explores the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right.Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, this enlightening but shocking expose follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law. GOD LOVES UGANDA premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013 (running time: 103 min)

The Black Line

The Black Line Filmmaker, Chann Berry
The Black Line Filmmaker, D. Channsin Berry

THE BLACK LINE (PROFILE OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN), by Filmmaker, Director/Producer D. Channsin Berry provides insight into some of the thoughts, practices, and feelings of some African-American women, revealing a consistent thread distinguishing them from women of other ethnicities. The documentary highlights shared truths and experiences touching each of the featured participants regardless of their socio-economic standing. Berry painstakingly probes the commonality among his subjects, crossing regions, religions, sexualities, and professions. Berry was also the Director/Producer for the film circuit documentary, “Dark Girls,” which premiered last year on OWN Network. (running time: 75 min)

Be Known Filmmaker, Dwayne Johnson Cochran
Be Known Filmmaker, Dwayne Johnson Cochran

BE KNOWN explores the life and career of modern jazz’s best kept secret: Kahil El’Zabar. Filled with darkly comic overtones, the film tells the story of a rare artist’s trials and tribulations through the eyes of Filmmaker and friend, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran. BE KNOWN takes you on a journey to the other side of genius; the mysterious intersections of creativity and individuality in a world where branding and sameness are the norm. It is in this world, El’Zabar shines. He is a beacon of internal fortitude, ingenuity, and innovation. Kahil is an artist whom George Lucus has hailed as one of the most innovative people of the 20th century. (running time: 95 min)

Q&A guest panelists include the filmmakers, Producer/Director D. Channsin Berry, and Producer/ Director Dwayne Johnson-Cochran

Day of Black Docs is co-sponsored by the International Documentary Association and the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators in collaboration with ECRC- the Education is a Civil Right Committee.

All day admission to the 8th Annual Day of Black Docs screening is $15.00. Tickets are available online at, and at AFI on day of event.

For additional information about the event, please call Queen Publicity at (310) 849-3820 or e-mail Allison Queen at [email protected].

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