Making a difference, one theater at a time

New York transplant and film buff Ariella Tai made women filmmakers the focus of this year Portland Black Film Festival. Six films will take on issues of race, gender, identity, politics, music and more.

Melissa Lowery grew up in the 1980s in West Linn — one of the only black kids in her school and community.

She had no black friends and no black teachers, but not knowing any other reality, she calls it a "fairly normal, suburban childhood experience."