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After two years of virtual events, on Saturday, May 13, 2023, BADWest returned with its 16th annual fundraising event–DAY OF BLACK DOCS. This awesome event was held at the American Film Institute (AFI), Mark Goodson Theater.  Moderated by film critic (and veteran DAY OF BLACK DOCS host) Tim Cogshell, the day-long event included screenings of films that depict the Black experience, as well as panel discussions and Q&As with the filmmakers. 

BAD West invited a powerful selection of both short and feature-length documentaries to showcase this year–including a bizarre and complex story about the ‘racist trees’ of Palm Springs; an investigation of the complexities of the US parole process; a career retrospective of pioneering Black model Bethann Hardison; and a heartwarming story of the friendship between two women training for the National Senior Games. 

Day of Black Docs is a celebration of documentaries, which highlights the Black experience and spotlights its filmmakers from around the world. This event was led by BAD West officers, Joyce Guy, Tiffany Judkins, and Joyce Lee. Actor Kadeem Hardison was present for the screening of his mother, Bethann Hardison’s documentary “Invisible Beauty“. 

City Pride Magazine covered this fantastic event and shared some of the photos.