We’re thrilled to announce the Opening Night Film for The 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank: Exhibiting Forgiveness with director Titus Kaphar and star/Bessemer-native André Holland (Moonlight, Selma) in attendance!

Exhibiting Forgiveness, sponsored by Gilead, follows the journey of Tarrell (Holland), a successful Black artist whose life is disrupted by the unexpected return of his estranged father, La’Ron (John Earl Jelks), a recovering addict seeking reconciliation. As Tarrell prepares for a new gallery show, he struggles with traumatic memories of his childhood and the unresolved pain inflicted by his father. While his mother, Joyce (Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor), has forgiven La’Ron, Tarrell grapples with the challenge of forgiveness. 

Directed by Kaphar, this film blends emotional depth and visual artistry, exploring themes of familial strife and the complexities of forgiveness against the backdrop of the contemporary art world. With a powerful performance by André Holland and a dynamic supporting cast, “Exhibiting Forgiveness” offers a poignant reflection on the enduring impact of past traumas and the arduous journey toward healing.

*Kaphar and Holland will be in attendance and will participate in a post-film discussion.*

“Watching Exhibiting Forgiveness was the cathartic hug I didn’t realize I needed, especially after losing my father, with whom I had a complicated and layered relationship. I saw myself in Tarrell, wrestling between standing in my truth and drawing a line in the sand. How does one process childhood trauma and learn to forgive at the same time? This phenomenal film is an opportunity to find your own pathway to healing and celebrate the power of choice. I hope everyone sees Exhibiting Forgiveness, you will not regret it.”

 – Black Lens Lead Programmer T. Marie King

Opening Night for The 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival is August 23 at the 1800 Block of 3rd Ave in front of the Alabama Theatre. Our Opening Night Pre-Party will begin at 5:00pm, Opening Night Film will begin at 7:00pm, and our Opening Night After-Party will begin at 9:00pm.

Passes for the Opening Night Film + After Party are available here.

Day Passes, Weekend Passes, and VIP Passes are available now at sidewalkfest.com/tix.

The 26th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank is August 19 – 25 in Downtown Birmingham’s Historic Theatre District.

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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