The Weeksville Freedom Film Festival is a cinematic expression of the history and ideals of Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC), Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution and one of America’s first free Black communities.  WHC is committed to providing a platform to voices that fight to preserve history through freedom-driven works.

Imbuing Weeksville’s themes of sanctuary, self-determination, and activism, this Festival will present a multi-genre celebration of quality independent films, dialogues, and reflections of international immigrant culture. With works that inspire, inhabit, and activate the challenges of African diaspora societies, the Weeksville Freedom Film Fest jointly inhabits direct immigrant themes of freedom, displacement, abandonment, and human rights violations.

Among the films to be shown are Ousmane Sembene’s classic film “Black Girl” (Senegal/France), Brooklyn-based filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu’s “African Booty Scratcher” (USA/Sierra-Leone), Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George” and Martine Jean’s border survival tale “Purgatorio” (Haiti/US).

Special thanks to our partner, The Luminal Theater!

The Weeksville Freedom Film Festival is made possible by the New York City Council.

The written word is so integral to Weeksville and we are excited to collaborate with THNK Book Club for Weeksville Wednesday.

THNK is a bi-weekly study group and book club focusing on revolutionary activism. Topics revolve around grounding our organized approach to restoring balance to the planet, in particular an intelligent response to racism "white supremacy". This includes but is not limited to culture, politics, education and economics with the intention of implementation of solutions. The 2017 books are all by female authors of African descent. June's discussion will circle around the incomparable, Octavia Butler's "Parable of a Sower".

Unable to attend in person? We'll be streaming on Facebook Live. 

Legacy Project

What are the relationships between state violence and interpersonal violence, and how can communities retool the archive as a way to reduce them both?

Join Weeksville Heritage Center on July 5th as we gather to answer this question alongside abolitionist, archivist, and educator Jarrett Drake. Please note that this is an intentional space, so we are calling for Black people, survivors of state violence, survivors of interpersonal violence, and/or people practicing allyship to participate only. 

One Borough. One Crown Heights!


As Crown Heights changes, one thing has remained, we are all family. Caribbean or Hasidic. Gentrifying or long-time residents, we all occupy this special section of Central Brooklyn. Thanks to friend to Weeksville, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, we will be participating in One Crown Heights again this year!

Meet us at Brower Park on Sunday, July 9th for a full day of family fun filled with music, games, communing with neighbors from every walk of life. The Brooklyn Children's Museum will also be open with free admission. 

See you soon!