Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021
You are currently viewing the CIFF44 lineup. Programming for CIFF45 will be announced in early March 2021.


Film can introduce us to other cultures and ways of life, address local, national, and global issues, and illustrate ways in which communities are working together and helping one another. Film can affect change by challenging audiences and transforming viewers. The educational capacity of film is limitless. 


Focus 2020 is a new program that delves into a selected topic. At CIFF44 that topic is racial equity. The intended impact of the program is to present the work of outstanding filmmakers to educate our audience and community about structural racism and the importance of working toward racial equity.

Four feature films and one shorts program will be included in Focus 2020: Racial Equity.

Moderated conversations with guests will follow screenings of feature films and selected shorts.

We look forward to your participation in Focus 2020: Racial Equity.

Dope is Death

Directed By Mia Donovan
Running Time: 82 Minutes

CLOSED CAPTIONING AVAILABLE DOPE IS DEATH is the story of how the Young Lords and Black Panther Party—two inner-city human rights activist groups— created the first acupuncture detoxification program in America. In 1973 the Lincoln Detox Acupuncture center was birthed from... {more}

Since I Been Down

Directed By Gilda Sheppard
Running Time: 105 Minutes

NO CLOSED CAPTIONING AVAILABLE The United States is home to a startling statistic: the country currently has a higher percentage of its population in prison than any other society in the history of western civilization. Yet, mass incarceration does little to... {more}

They Ain't Ready For Me

Directed By Brad Rothschild
Running Time: 87 Minutes

In Chicago neighborhoods crippled by gun violence, community members stay indoors, fearful for their safety. Tamar Manasseh has had enough. Driven to bring joy back to summer, Manasseh makes it her mission to provide a haven in Chicago’s most crime-riddled... {more}

We Are the Radical Monarchs

Directed By Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Running Time: 86 Minutes

CLOSED CAPTIONING AVAILABLE Don’t expect to see the Radical Monarchs— a scout troop comprising young girls of color in Oakland, California—selling cookies. These troopers earn their badges by learning about social justice movements, from the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter,... {more}

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