Local Sightings 2021 – Cultivation: Black Power Shorts

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 19 at 4pm PT

To accommodate evolving public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, we are adopting a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival model for 2021. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available here.


NWFF patrons will be required to wear face coverings while in the building. To be admitted, patrons ages 12+ will also be required to present EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours by an official testing facility.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


Across generations, Black activists emphasize the importance of investments in community health and heritage-keeping to maintain strong, grassroots civic engagement that will grow a better future.

Header photo credit: Farming While Black, dir. Nii Okaidja

How to watch...



  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

In this program:

Wa Na Wari

Wa Na Wari, a Kalabari term meaning “Our Home,” is the name of this beacon in Seattle’s Central District, established as a gathering place for Black artists and neighbors. Through a cultural strategy of expression and performance, Wa Na Wari preserves the historically Black neighborhood’s legacy, history, and community.

(devon de Leña & CHIMAERA, US, 2021, 20 min)

Farming While Black

World Premiere!

What does land ownership mean and what is it like farming in the United States versus other countries? This question is explored with a passionate Black farmer living in a predominantly white city in Washington.

(Nii Okaidja, US, 2021, 17 min)

Black Panther Leader: Marsha Turner Taylor

Learn about Marsha Turner Taylor, the first national leader of the Black Panther Party Breakfast Program (BPPBP), which fed thousands of children in the Bay Area. The BPPBP inspired the California State Legislature to provide free breakfast for all schoolchildren in the state.

(Michelle Flowers-Taylor, Seattle, WA, 2020, 2 min)

The Black Panthers in the Emerald City presents: The Dixon Brothers

Brothers Aaron and Elmer Dixon, key figures in the founding of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, give their account of the sociopolitical environment that inspired them to act in the ‘60s, and elaborate on the history and values of the Panthers’ organizing work.

(Tajuan LaBee, US, 2021, 29 min)

Festival Directory

⚠️ Please note: For the sake of public safety, NWFF will require both face-coverings and proof of vaccination from audiences. We reserve the option to shift the festival to virtual-only on short notice.

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2021 program, which runs from September 16–26, features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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