BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2020-21
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Stories I Didn’t Know
Directed by Hisonni Mustafa
USA | 88 min | 2019
Tera Wong delivers Chinese food for her mother’s struggling restaurant located in the “Low Bottoms,” an infamous Los Angeles project.
And everyone around her, including her unpredictable brother (Saren), are financially trapped in this crime and violence-ridden neighborhood.
That is until, Tera takes a job from the local drug Kingpin, moving his “product” inside her takeout food boxes. With the cash rolling in, Tera intends to move the family restaurant to the suburbs and go clean. But after a series of tragic events, the dream that Tera built on a foundation of lies, may crumble.
Hisonni Mustafa is a Guyanese American filmmaker from the most segregated city in America, Milwaukee, WI. Hisonni creates films that depict the protagonist’s perilous journey toward being loved, financially secure, and discovering their significance in this world. Consequently, Hisonni has been selected as a featured filmmaker in Oscar Winner John Ridley’s, Filmmakers With No Boundaries showcase, won Best Director at the American Black Film Festival, the HBO feature film competition at MVAAFF, and became a semi-finalist for Gemstones Rising Storyteller Search.
Since 2013 Hisonni has written, directed, shot, edited, produced, and crowdsourced a dozen award-winning projects. Hisonni’s feature films and shorts earned awards from over 100 festivals, including Cinequest, Hollyshorts, and Urbanworld. Hisonni’s shorts/web series have gained over six million views online and award nominations from LA Webfest, The VH1 Streamy Awards, Marseille Webfest, The IAWTV awards, and Marvel’s Stan Lee. In 2020, Hisonni’s independently produced film Take Out Girl has received awards from The Bentonville Film Festival, Dances With Films, Ashland Independent, Cinequest, and Indie Memphis.