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My Brooklyn - Demystifying Gentrification
My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by…
Concerning Violence - Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense
From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s, accompanied by text…
Taking Root - The Vision of Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai tells the inspiring story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The U.S.- educated Professor…
I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends--Medgar Evers,…
The Square - The Egyptian Revolution
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July…
Frantz Fanon, His Life, His Struggle, His Work
Frantz Fanon, was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of…
Guangzhou Dream Factory - The African Community in Guangzhou, China
Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams...This documentary weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, "Made in China" dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China's centuries-old trading port. Today it's…
Faubourg Treme - The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Past and present collide in this powerful documentary about Faubourg Treme, the fabled New Orleans' neighborhood that gave birth to jazz, launched America's first black daily newspaper, and nurtured generations of African American activists. Executive produced by Wynton Marsalis and…
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70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green - The Demolition of Public Housing in Chicago
Filmed over a period of 20 years, 70 ACRES IN CHICAGO chronicles the demolition of Chicago's Cabrini Green public housing development, the clearing of an African-American community, and the building of mixed-income communities on the valuable land where Cabrini once…
N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman
Part of the Series: !Kung Series Collection
This film provides a broad overview of Ju/'hoan life, both past and present, and an intimate portrait of N!ai, a Ju/'hoan woman who in 1978 was in her mid-thirties. N!ai tells her own story, and in so doing, the story…
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Confusion Na Wa
Set in an anonymous Nigerian city, Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by two opportunist…
The Beast
An ordinary day at a Zulu cultural village. Shaka, their star performer, expresses his frustrations to his co-workers as he sits on display for tourists. On this day he reaches the end of his tether and his protest takes on…
Big Men - Inside the African Oil Industry
What happens when desperately poor people discover an incredibly valuable resource coveted by multinational corporations? This highly-acclaimed, award-winning New York Times Critics' Pick follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy over a four-year period…
The Shape of Water - Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions
An award-winning, intimate encounter with five very different women in Brazil, India, Jerusalem, and Senegal, THE SHAPE OF WATER offers a close look at the far-reaching and vibrant alternatives crafted by women in response to environmental degradation, archaic traditions, lack…
White Lion
A young African boy named Gisani finds himself destined to protect a rare and magnificent white lion cub named Letsatsi who is cast from his pride and is forced to survive on his own. After many perilous adventures young Letsati…
Gaining Ground - Building Community on Dudley Street
In the midst of the economic meltdown, Gaining Ground explores the innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston. DSNI was created 25 years ago when the community had been devastated by bank redlining, arson-for-profit…
Searching for Sugar Man
From the Academy Award-winning producer of MAN ON WIRE comes a powerful, unforgettable music mystery. In the late 60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic…
An Uncommon Woman
Mina is tired of her husband's infidelity and decides to take a drastic decision: She takes a second husband. Based on his conversations with women involved in polygamist relationships, he illustrates - to very funny effects - the daily life…
Tall as the Baobab Tree - Grand comme le Baobab
In a rural Senegalese village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage. A powerful voice from Africa's young generation, Tall as the…
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La petite vendeuse de soleil)
Sili is a little girl between ten and thirteen years old. She lives on the street and moves with crutches. Her legs cannot support her since she had polio. She tries to get close to the boys who sell newspapers,…