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Black Film Festival brings unique voices to Nashville

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The International Black Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday in Nashville and runs until Sunday.

More than 40 films, some soon to be major motion picture releases, got their first viewing in the Music City.

Director Greg Carter is in town from Houston with his movie, a family comedy called “My BFF.”

“It’s about two best friends, one’s white and one’s black, and their two girls going from eighth grade to ninth grade,” Carter said.

The Black Film Festival mostly describes the people who made the movies. The casts are not exclusive to one color.

This sort of festival provides films a greater opportunity.

"A voice, a platform, and I think a lot of larger mainstream festivals you don't hear that voice. This platform gives you the chance to see some great movies and maybe from a different prospective that you've never seen,” Carter said.

Comedies, dramas, and documentaries short and long are on the schedule. The human stories surpass stereotypes.

“I think it’s so true that the things that make us alike are so much more than the things that make us different,” Carter said.

A dark theater filled with move fans may be the best way to send that message.

"Absolutely, when you sit in the dark, you don't know what the color is of someone next to you or what religion they are. You're all just having the same experience, and I think that's what it's all about, having an experience, a common experience,” Carter said.

For more information on the International Black Film Festival, click here.

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