United We Heal Film Festival

United We Heal Film Festival Returns to Philadelphia

United We Heal Film Festival returns to Philadelphia for a third year on June 23, 2024, showcasing social justice-themed films.


The United We Heal Film Festival returns to Philadelphia for a third year, promising an evening of impactful storytelling and social justice advocacy. Founded by local filmmaker Ebony Roberts, this festival uses film to raise awareness and amplify the voices of marginalized communities. The event will occur on June 23, 2024, at Underground Arts, located at 1200 Callowhill Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This year’s festival will feature an impressive lineup of social justice-themed short films, each with a unique perspective, created by a diverse group of filmmakers. Hailing from the Greater Philadelphia Region, as well as New York, Florida, and California, these filmmakers of color bring a rich tapestry of narratives to the screen. Films like “Pedigree” by Brittney S. Harris and Russ Fulmore, “Condemned to be Free” by Rin Jung and Richard Rivera, “Nice to Meet You” by Hendreck Joseph, and “I Just Hope You Listen” by Marquett Ferrell, among others, will be showcased, each bringing unique and powerful narratives to the screen.

Filmmaker and Festival Founder, Ebony Roberts

The evening will be a dynamic mix of film screenings, engaging panel discussions, and interactive Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The festival will also feature a new music video category, allowing audience members to vote for their favorite music video. Three prizes will be awarded to the winning filmmakers, including a jury-selected award and an audience-selected award. This year’s jury members include actor Thomas Anthony Jones, arts advocate Stephanye Watts and journalist Tennyson Donyea.

Ebony Roberts, a native of Coatesville, PA, has made significant strides in the TV & Film industries, driven by her passion for storytelling. The United We Heal Film Festival found its inspiration in Roberts’ short film, “United We Heal,” created in response to the nation’s social turmoil in 2020. This festival serves as a platform for exposure, healing, and celebration for marginalized filmmakers, continuing Roberts’ mission to address and battle racism through art.

United We Heal Film Festival

Tickets for the festival are available for purchase, with general admission priced at $25 and VIP tickets at $55. Attendees can look forward to an evening of eye-opening films, meaningful discussions, and the opportunity to support a noble cause.

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