Roxbury International Film Festival


Welcome to the 16th annual Roxbury International Film Festival!


Now entering its 16th year, the Roxbury International Film Festival continues to showcase and honor the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color and has become the largest New England film festival dedicated to this genre.

Opening Night: Wednesday June 25th.

“The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne” (74m.)

Directed by Kirk Marcolina & Matthew Pond


How does a poor, single, African American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the worlds most notorious jewel thieves? A glamorous 83 year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels shes stolen over a 60 year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. With Payne now on trial for the theft of a department store diamond ring, filmmakers Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond probe beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. Stylish recreations, an extensive archive and candid interviews reveal how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes. This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies societies prejudices and pinches of her own version of the American Dream.

To view a trailer of the film, visit click here






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