"The New Black"
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'Slomo' takes best short award

Yoruba Richens’ “The New Black” has won the audience award at the AFI Docs Festival.

Her film examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia in churches against the background of the 2012 marriage equality fight in Maryland.

The audience award for best short went to “Slomo,” directed by Joshua Izenberg. The film explores the issues of what would happen to a person if they quit a lucrative job and just did what they wanted all day — such as the subject of the film, a doctor who traded his medical practice for rollerblades and sandy beaches.

The American Film Institute expanded its Silverdocs documentary festival into Washington, D.C., and renamed the event AFI Docs. The American Film Institute was created in Washington, D.C., in the White House Rose Garden in 1965.

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