September 17, 2020, Netflix will be releasing the film “Residue” written and directed by Merawi Gerima. The film is poetic storytelling of Merawi’s hometown of Washington D.C. In Merawi’s own words: “it is an archive of their existence which stands in defiance of their attempted erasure by gentrification.”
At only 19 years old, first time director Phillip Youmans is already making his mark on the film industry. His debut feature film, “Burning Cane,” won the Founders Award at the Tribeca Film Festival this April making Youmans the first Black director to win the award and the youngest director to show a film at the festival.
Burning Cane was the talk of the Tribeca Film Festival this past April when it won the festival’s top prize. Not only that but it’s director, first-time filmmaker, Phillip Youmans became the first Black director to win the Founders Award and the youngest director to have a feature film shown at Tribeca, at 19 years old.
OUT OF MY HAND tells the powerful narrative of a Liberian rubber-plantation worker who leaves his country and risks everything to seek opportunities as a taxi driver in New York City.