Celebrate Juneteenth with MPI Original Films at FLIFF

June 13, 2024

Next week, the FLIFF (Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival) Juneteenth Mini Film Festival will screen three award-winning MPI Original feature films: Miss Virginia, Freedom Hair, and Kemba. Join us in celebrating the historical legacy of Juneteenth by enjoying these inspiring films that highlight the importance of perseverance and hope during uncertain times. The screenings will take place throughout next week at the Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Learn more about each film below and purchase your tickets now!

Miss Virginia

Tuesday, June 18th
Starring: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine, Niles Fitch, Vanessa Williams, and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor.

A struggling inner-city mother sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow her son to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future—and that of thousands like him.

Freedom Hair

Wednesday, June 19th
Starring: Simona Brown, Jeremie Harris, Sophia Bush, and Erica Tazel.

When a determined mother decides to start a natural hair braiding business to achieve financial independence, she must overcome unexpected obstacles imposed by a powerful cosmetology cartel and the State of Mississippi. Based on the inspiring, true story of Melony Armstrong.

A conversation with the real-life Melony Armstrong will follow the film screening.


Thursday, June 20th
Starring: Nesta Cooper, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Michelle Hurd.

Based on the true story of Kemba Smith, Kemba follows the journey of a sheltered college student who falls in love with a man, only to find out he isn’t who he seems. When Kemba learns of her boyfriend Khalif’s true identity as a drug kingpin, he turns abusive—grooming straight-laced Kemba to overlook his illicit dealings. Though she never dealt or handled drugs, in a tragic turn of events, Kemba receives an outrageous sentence for her boyfriend’s crimes—placing her in the middle of the government’s “war on drugs.”

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