After more than 15 years of absence, Black Soil Film Festival is back, and bigger than ever. Originating in 2004 as Europe's first hip-hop film festival, it has now expanded its focus to encompass the broader scope of black culture. It's a celebration of the African diaspora, which is at the heart of the emerging black European art movement NOW!
Black Soil Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Philip Powel and Sasha Dees as Europe's first festival for hip-hop-based cinema. From 2004 to 2007, three editions took place in LantarenVenster (Rotterdam) and de Balie (Amsterdam) where in addition to the film program, there was also a short film competition (Black Soil Short Visionaries) in collaboration with MTV Netherlands. During the first three editions there were shows with Duvelduvel, Opgezwolle and the American HipHop band Ultramagnetic MCs, among others, afterparties with DJ Premier, DJ Spinna, Rich Medina and Jazzy Jeff, panels with international guests like Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, networking events with a number of European HipHop festivals and a film program with over 70 HipHop-based films from around the world.
After a succesfull pilot in 2022, in 2023 we highlight films that both originate and result from black culture and everything in between and screen the very best of independent cinema at three locations in Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam. The festival offers an immersive experience, featuring insightful talks, thought-provoking short films, inspiring feature-length productions, and notable musical performances.