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Upcoming VPM Documentary on Richmond Protests Featured at Afrikana Film Festival

Crowd with BLM signs
Large crowds marched through the streets of Richmond, Virginia chanting and carrying signs after the death of George Floyd.


Filmmakers Metta Bastet and Domico Phillips will share clips from the upcoming VPM documentary “Why This Moment?” opening night of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival on September 17. The virtual festival runs through September 20 with films and filmmaker conversations highlighting the multitude of stories within the global Black narrative. Why This Moment? is a local documentary to premiere this fall on VPM exploring the reasons behind the protests in Richmond sparked by the death of George Floyd. The film is predominantly shot from the perspective of a young, black man with an on-the-ground look at the daily protests, demonstrations and public outcry.

Bastet and Phillips will share clips from the documentary and talk about their experience as a filmmaker documenting the ongoing protests, police brutality, and the relationships they’ve developed along the way. 

The festival will also feature the PBS documentary “Boss: The Black Business Experience” on Saturday at 8pm.

The Afrikana Independent Film Festival runs September 17th through the 20th. For more information please visit


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