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America Street (2020)

Opens on November 30

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!

Run Time: 74 min. Format: Online Virtual Ticket

Screening through Row House Online as part of the CMU International Film Festival
Detail instructions on getting your film to play here


On America Street in Charleston’s East Side neighborhood, Joe is the owner of a small corner store–the heart of an old, but slowly disappearing Black community. Almost half of all African-Americans trace their origins back to Charleston, a city that is still haunted by its slave owning past. Despite the many challenges of being Black in America, Joe is determined to stay hopeful and to resist losing his neighborhood to the rising forces of gentrification. Directed and produced by Idrissou Mora-Kpai, AMERICA STREET captures three months in 2015 of Joe’s daily struggles set against the backdrop of racist violence in the city, from the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer to the Emanuel Church massacre by a young white supremacist.

On Thursday, December 03 @ 7PM (EST), the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival will be emulating their in-person festival event by hosting a FREE Live Discussion with the director Idrissou Mora-Kpai on Zoom to discuss the film. Register for the discussion in advance here. Spots are limited. The event is organized in conjunction with Row House Cinema. Sponsored by Cause, Humanities Scholars Program, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at CMU.