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Twin Cities Black Film Festival gets underway Thursday night

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A mix of 28 feature-length dramas, documentaries and short films will be shown at the 2013 Twin Cities Black Film Festival, which runs Thursday night through Sunday, the Star Tribune reports.

Natalie Morrow, who organized the festival 11 years ago, says the films showcase everything from love, romance and infidelity, while telling the newspaper, "We've got it all."

The four-day festival focuses on African-American and African experiences, but the event on the whole is "a multicultural festival" with a "diverse group of filmmakers," says Morrow.

All of the films will screen at the Showplace ICON theaters in St. Louis Park. The opening night film at 8:30 p.m. Thursday is director Tamarat Makonnen's documentary "In Search of the Black Knight," which focuses on black relationships in America.

In addition to selections of films across the country, the festival on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. will be showing the short film "Firsts: Minnesota's African-American Groundbreakers," which will be followed by a series of short films by Minnesota directors.

The festival comes just a few weeks ahead of the Twin Cities Film Fest, which will also take place at the ICON.

The TCFF runs from Oct. 17-26.

See the trailer for "In Search of the Black Knight" below.

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