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Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Director: Richard Norman, Richard Maurice, Spencer Williams, Oscar Micheaux
Year: 2015

A monumental collection of historically vital films, digitally mastered in HD using archival elements. This collection of the works of America's legendary first African-American filmmakers is the only one of its kind with no fewer than a dozen feature-length films and nearly twice as many shorts and rare fragments. Subject matter includes race issues that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades. 

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STOP

STOP

Director: Spencer Wolff

STOP places the stop and frisk controversy in the context of a long history of civil rights, with profound implications for today's criminal justice system.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Director: Harry Pollard
Year: 1927

Harriet Beecher Stowe's famous novelization of the harsh realities of slavery was a catalyst for the anti-slavery movement and remains a landmark in American literature. Seen today, the sincerity of director Harry Pollard's handsomely produced 1927 drama outweigh the conventions of its story. All told, this "lost" production remains a fascinating cinematic bridge between the 19th century barnstorming theatrical tradition and the new freedom of the feature film... as well as a cultural bridge between African-American and white popular entertainments.

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The New Public

The New Public

Director: Jyllian Gunther
Year: 2013

In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher turned first-time principal, James O'Brien, opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. Through the prism of one inner-city public school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.

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The Keeper

The Keeper

Director: Joe Brewster
Year: 1996

A deft, often chilling look at the unexploded dynamite of guard/prisoner relations, The Keeper is a searing psychological drama stunningly acted by Giancarlo Esposito (Do the Right Thing, Fresh, Malcolm X), African superstar Isaach De Bankole (Night on Earth, Chocolat) and Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away, A Family Thing). Like the best work of Charles Burnett and Spike Lee, Joe Brewster's film looks beyond the stylish mayhem of "hood" cinema.

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Director: Raoul Peck
Year: 2016

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is an examination of racism in America through the lens of James Baldwin’s unfinished book, REMEMBER THIS HOUSE. Intended as an account of the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., each of whom James Baldwin personally knew, only a 30-page manuscript of the book was ever completed. Combining Baldwin’s manuscript with footage of depictions of African-Americans throughout American history, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO uses Baldwins words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the efforts to curtail it, from the civil rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

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Flex is Kings

Flex is Kings

Director: Michael Beach Nichols, Deidre Schoo
Year: 2013

Flex is Kings is a riveting and awe-inspiring look inside the world of Brooklyn street dancing known as flexing. Directors Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre Schoo take audiences along on the emotional journey of several young dancers; dancers who vie for a chance to make something of themselves by battling it out through this DIY art form.

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Liberty Kid

Liberty Kid

Director: Ilya Chaiken
Year: 2008

LIBERTY KID captures with compassion and street-smart humor the spirit and pain of America transformed by 9-11. Two young friends struggle to survive after losing their jobs at the Statue of Liberty tourist site due to 9/11. Director Ulya Chaiken "makes us feel for her characters" (NY Post), and evokes simple and memorable human truths about life on society's margins.

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NAS: Time Is Illmatic

NAS: Time Is Illmatic

Director: ONE9
Year: 2014

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.

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Zou Zou

Zou Zou

Director: Marc Allegret
Year: 1934

Co-starring with Jean Gabin, Baker plays a talented Cinderella who takes the place of the lead on opening night of a musical review. With five great musical numbers including "Haiti".

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