With the help of their family, friends, and faith, three fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community in North Philadelphia

Once again, Vimeo is glad to present the Vimeo Staff Pick Award to a short film featured in this year’s BlackStar Film Festival (August 4-8). In a time filled with continual Black grief, the appreciation of Black life is paramount. For its display of active love, in the form of three fathers who strive to better their communities in North Philadelphia, the winner of the 2nd annual Vimeo Staff Pick Award goes to Renee Osubu’s “Dear Philadelphia.”

Three fathers’ stories lead us through this complicated Pennsylvanian city. Osubu deftly weaves together anecdotes, vignettes, and portraits showing how interconnected the lives and livelihoods of its citizens are. The generational harm of drugs and prison has transformed into a generational act of healing. Community members who have hurt others or been hurt, are now the very people that are actively rebuilding what is broken.

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