Culture Spotlight Featuring Hakima Benjamin
Hakima Benjamin is an independent short film producer, writer and director from Newark, New Jersey That Has partnered with other independent directors and writers to help produce their short and feature films. I served as co-producer of the award-winning short film “Zahra and The Oil Man” which appeared in many film festivals during the 2019-2021 circuit. I completed filming of my short film “Call End” in2022, in which I served as writer, producer and director.My goal is to continue telling impactful stories that can create change and break down the many barriers within the women and BIPOC community as well as show our younger generation that all things are possible with hard work, determination and patience.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? My experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival was a breath of fresh air. It was great to see how the team worked well together. I was so in awe to see the many amazing films that not only represented the culture, but told some great stories.
Why are stories for the culture important?Stories from the culture are important as it is a representation of the community. A community of creatives who tell authentic and passionate stories that represent our culture. Stories that push the boundaries and show purpose.
What projects are you working on now? I am currently writing the feature for the short film "Call End". I am also in pre-production for my new short film ALoNE.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important?The Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important as they represent the culture. The two intenties not only showcase emerging and veteran filmmakers, they bring a community together. The resources and education they both provide, bring filmmakers from around the world together, building connections and everlasting relationships.