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African Diaspora 2016

There's much talk surrounding the issue of diversity at this year's Oscars, there will be no men or women of color nominated for a single award. It's a multifaceted challenge. Production companies have to create the content that then goes on to get nominated. So in some ways, the Academy is not entirely to blame. However, shaking up the body of voters may broaden the scope of the films nominated. This brings us back to Black History month, and the portrayal of African-Americans on film. The experience of blackness in America is distinct from that of the African diaspora. During Black History Month, it's a subject that's rarely discussed. There are historical matters to take into account that require shedding light on, that are specific to the black experience in the United States. We would like to include a selection of films that engage both the African-American experience as well as the African community at large. These films range from visceral documentaries to a celebration of musical talent, uniting the voices of filmmakers from both continents to reveal a more nuanced picture.

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Street Children - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 30 minutes

Street Children, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, tells the harrowing story of homeless children living on the streets of Congo-Brazzaville. &hellip…

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In His Own Home - ON DEMAND

$4.99 | 30 minutes

When heavily armed campus police broke into the University of Florida campus apartment of disabled and unarmed Ghanaian doctoral student Kofi Adu-Brempong, his life was forever changed…

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Black Sun - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 70 minutes

What happens when a visual artists is tragically robbed of his main tool -- his eyesight? Gary Tarn's remarkable, award-winning documentary, BLACK SUN, investigates this through the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a New York-based artist and filmmaker who was blinded by a vicious attack in 1978. Defying expectation, the remarkable artist&hellip…

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Autumn's Eyes - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 59 minutes

Autumn's Eyes is a compelling documentary about a 3-year-old girl who tries to navigate through the harsh reality of severe poverty, her teenage mother's incarceration, and looming foster care. Charming, obedient, and unable to fully comprehend the severity of her environment, Autumn is shielded from her own reality. Caught between…

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The Vanishing Black Male - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 76 minutes

Are African American males becoming extinct? Will future generations of African American women not be able to find husbands? These are but a few of the questions explored in this 1 hour 16 minute documentary. Written/directed/produced by Hisani DuBose, it features Melvin Jackson, Jr. (whose acting credits include HBO's "The Wire"&hellip…

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Welcome to Nollywood - ON DEMAND

$2.99 | 58 minutes

Welcome to Nollywood tells the story of the burgeoning Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood. The film follows three directors and their latest productions, while also using interviews with scholars, actors, and journalists who celebrate (in insightful and often humorous ways) the Nigerian video-film industry as a whole…

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Road To The Big Leagues - ON DEMAND

$2.99 | 53 minutes

The Dominican baseball movie Road To The Big Leagues focuses primarly on the importance of baseball in the Dominican Republic. Baseball in the Dominican Republic is not just a game. For many Dominicans the long, competitive road to a professional baseball career is one of the few viable alternatives to a life of poverty. RUMBO A LAS GRANDES…

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El Play - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 30 minutes

El Play is a thirty minute documentary that tells the story of Jairo, a young aspiring baseball player from San Pedro de Macorís, a small city in The Dominican Republic famous for birthing some of the world’s most talented baseball players. The film paints a detailed portrait of Jairo and his tireless commitment…

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The Nine Lives Of Marion Barry - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 78 minutes

Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering, drug- using mayor of the nation’s capital who was famously caught in a 1990 FBI sting operation. Yet others know him as a folk hero, a civil rights champion and defender of the poor. Barry’s soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a…

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Skid Row - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 97 minutes

Skid Row is a 50-square block area in downtown Los Angeles where an average of 90,000 homeless and transient people live on any given night. More than just a place -- it's a way of life, a mind set, the last resort for those who have given up on society and, in many cases, themselves.&hellip…

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Gulu Stories - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 30 minutes

An intimate portrait of life on the ground in Northern Uganda. Through camp fire stories, aid worker accounts, and performances by local musicians, the film stitches together anecdotes that collectively relay the pain and suffering, but also the endurance, that epitomizes the story of the people of northern Uganda through this twenty-two&hellip…

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White Shadow - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 115 minutes

The story of Alias, a young Albino on the run, hunted by local witch doctors who use Albinos body parts for their potions…

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CRUMBS - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 68 minutes

The story is set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, where our diminutive superhero Gagano - on the one hand gripped by daydreams and on the other by constant fears - has had enough of collecting the valuable crumbs of decayed civilisation, the valuable high points of which are merchandise from…

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Shooting Star(s) - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 76 minutes

“Shooting Star(s)” follows Johnny Nunez, who was abandoned as a baby and later adopted by a Puerto Rican family, as he overcomes the obstacles imposed by his humble upbringings in Brooklyn, New York to become today’s most prominent Hip Hop celebrity photographer…

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Icons Among Us - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 90 minutes

Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, a documentary film series, looks at the Jazz music scene today. through interviews, performance footage, and the voices of the musicians themselves, we explore this music and the divergent influences that are shaping the world of Jazz at the begining of the 21st Century. Never before has jazz…

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A Taste Of Nate - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 4 minutes

A Taste of Nate (Jim McGorman, 5mins, PA) is a four-minute documentary of Nate Wiley and The Crowd Pleasers, the house band at Bob and Barbara's Lounge in Philadelphia. Starring Nate Wiley, Howard Candie, Cliff Lamar&hellip…

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Collegestock Film Festival Selections: Morehouse College Haiti Relief Effort - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 14 minutes

Days after they heard about the major earthquake in Haiti, Jacques Pape and Roosevelt Ducelus (A Morehouse student and an alumni) team up with their college to conduct a major relief effort for Haiti…

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Wade in the Water, Children - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 75 minutes

Six months after Hurricane Katrina, two filmmakers from New York offered a free filmmaking class at the first school to reopen in New Orleans after the flooding of the city. The students responded with such passion that the film Wade in the Water was unexpectedly created…

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The Katrina Experience: Desert Bayou - ON DEMAND

$9.99 | 76 minutes

In the wake of one of the worst natural humanitarian disasters ever to visit American shores, nearly 600 African Americans were airlifted to the almost entirely white state of Utah…without their knowledge…

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The Katrina Experience: Tim's Island - ON DEMAND

$9.99 | 85 minutes

On August 29, 2005, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history hit the Gulf Coast region. Sixteen people, seven dogs and eight cats took shelter in Tim's loft in an old dairy in New Orleans…

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The Katrina Experience: New Orleans Music In Exile - ON DEMAND

$9.99 | 112 minutes

Like their neighbors, the legendary New Orleans music community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Music documentarian Robet Mugge creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak, and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster pick up the pieces and try to rebuild their lives…

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The Katrina Experience: A Compilation Of Short Films: An Eye in the Storm - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 20 minutes

This beautifully shot film offers up first-person accounts, beginning from the day the hurricane barreled its way into the lives and hearts of New Orleans' residents through their struggles to make sense of the aftermath. A stunning video diary that goes way beyond the television accounts at the time to become a historical artifact of disaster…

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The Katrina Experience: A Compilation Of Short Films: Still Standing - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 7 minutes

A filmmaker comforts her Colombian grandmother as they examine the wreckage of her home in Waveland, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Paola Mendoza feared that her grandmother, who cannot speak English, would be unable to navigate herself to safety during the storm and would have untold obstacles after it. The vulnerability of the…

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The Katrina Experience: A Compilation Of Short Films: New Orleans Furlough - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 10 minutes

A member of the National Guard returns from Iraq and sees in New Orleans' devastation a new mission. He has hopes for marriage to his girlfriend and a life of heroism in his hometown. But she has changed her mind, and his wartime memories and the bottle take over. His personal demons create another and unique havoc, making him as dysfunctional…

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The Katrina Experience: A Compilation Of Short Films: After Katrina: Rebuilding St. Bernard Parish - ON DEMAND

$3.99 | 22 minutes

A sensitive elegy to a working-class community's destroyed neighborhood and its passionate commitment to rebuild. Rather than sweeping statements of catastrophe, we are offered intimate views of devastation and the nitty-gritty challenges that confront the residents. An elegant use of music reflects the spirit of the enterprise and a…

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