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May 09, 2020
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Michelle Huff Elliott | Simone Smalls
Strategic Heights Media


Independent Film Series, In Partnership with Damn Write Originals, Airs Every Tuesday at 8pm ET on Aspire TV

(Black PR Wire) New York, NY —  Aspire TV, in partnership with Damn Write Originals, will present the second installment of its new weekly independent film series, the 2020 Urban Indie Film Block. The network’s 2020 programming block features the best of urban short films by up and coming filmmakers, and presents passionate stories that touch upon a variety of themes and genres including romance, friendship, drama, human connection, comedy and even action and sci-fi.

 “One Sided Love,” the theme of this week’s lineup, will be powerfully demonstrated through three captivating short films: Lokoza, Exotique and Ur Mines. In this slate of Urban Indie Film Block, unrequited love can make a person react desperately for that love. Their motivation, their expectation and their outcomes create a stark reflection of that unreciprocated affection.

  Here are more details on the films premiering this week:   Film: Lokoza Directors: Zee Ntuli, Isabelle Mayor

Synopsis: In the Durban South Basin, Themba, a boy in his early adolescence, lives with his father near the local oil refinery. He’s secretly in love with Khanya, who has been his best friend for years. As Themba struggles with his surroundings and emotions, he pushes Khanya to realize her potential and break away from the confines of their town, and the refinery which may be hurting them more than they know.

  Film: Exotique Director: Soraya Milla

Synopsis: Philomène, a teenager of African origin, loves Bastien, a guy in her class. But with her frizzy hair, she doesn't feel she has the weapons of seduction to challenge those girls with vaporous hair. When she makes a big change, she finds out staying true to herself on the outside may be just as important as in.

  Film: Ur Mines Director: Jeff Lucky

Synopsis: On a single day in London, a jaded saxophone player and a frustrated photographer make a seemingly random connection, as they bond over their common artistic and personal struggles.


Aspire TV continues to amplify its commitment to fresh faces and new voices, by producing its own short films and to provide a platform for content creators of color.

Tune in to the 2020 Urban Indie Film Block airing on Aspire TV every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET through July 28th!  For more information about Urban Indie Film Block, visit

Check out the Urban Indie Film Block promo here!