The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival is coming to New York City April 15-26, and it features a handful of films highlighting some of the diverse stories inside the black experience. There is a short by Spike Lee and a feature film by one of his protégés, Michael Larnell; documentaries about Mary J. Blige and Misty Copeland; and films from South Africa and China. Here’s what you can expect to see if you’re attending the festival, and what you can hope to see in theaters or on video if you’re not.
1. In My Father's House
Hot off his Oscar win for co-writing “Glory” on the Selma soundtrack, Che “Rhymefest” Smith is the subject of the documentary In My Father’s House. The artist and activist, who was 12 years old the last time he saw his father, goes on a personal journey to find him after moving back to his childhood home in Chicago. Smith won a Grammy for the song “Jesus Walks,” which he co-wrote with Kanye West, and much like the music he creates, the documentary of his story is raw and moving.