The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Director: Keith Beauchamp
Country: USA
Year: 2005
Running Time: 70min
Language: English

This documentary presents a sobering reminder of the racial tensions that gripped America not so long ago. In Mississippi during the ’50s, a black teenager named Emmett Louis Till, who is from Chicago and visiting his great-uncle, whistles at a white woman in public. Not too long afterward, he is kidnapped and murdered. The filmmakers revisit the public outrage that follows, revealing Till’s family as being particularly brave for standing up to white racism when it was clearly unsafe to do so.

Selma, Lord, Selma

Director: Charles Burnett
Country: USA
Year: 1999
Running Time: 94min
Language: English

In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery.

Mighty Times: The Children’s March

Director: Robert Houston
Country: USA
Year: 2004
Running Time: 40min
Language: English

The Children’s March tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today’s young people to be catalysts for positive social change.

Courtesy of Teaching Tolernace.

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement

Director: Laurens Grant
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 60min
Language: English

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement is an original documentary film that chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists and others.

Courtesy of BET.

Marta Moreno-Vega

Biography: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega has, for decades, helped to define Afro-Latino identity within and outside of the United States. She joins Latino USA to talk about it, equity, and cultural capital. Born in El Barrio “Spanish Harlem” to Puerto Rican parents born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Vega, an Afro Puerto Rican, has dedicated her professional life to developing culturally grounded institutions placing the history and culture of African descendants in the Diaspora in the time clock of world history. She is founder and president of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), an international not for profit organization located in New York City which she created in 1976.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  
When the Spirits Dance Mambo (2017)

Filmography:
When the Spirits Dance Mambo (2003)

L’Échappée

Director: Hamid Saïdji and Jonathan Mason
Country: Algeria/France/Lebanon
Year: 2016
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: Arabic, French and Italian with English subtitles

Hocine Filali is a forty-something year old taxi driver in the port city of Algiers. His day-to-day routine has him snaking through thick morning traffic, bustling boulevards, and the occasional military checkpoint. In the distance, the sound of the call to prayer mixes with the crash of ocean waves as they bring word of what life might be like elsewhere, across the ocean, in Italy.

Some Girls

Director: Raquel Cepeda
Country: Dominican Republic/USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 50 min.
Language: English

Some Girls explores the intersection of Latina-American identity by focusing on a group of troubled teenage girls—including two main protagonists—from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who feel rejected and shackled by binary Black and white constructs but are transformed through an exploration of their roots. In the course of the film, shot over four years, they use ancestral DNA testing to discover their roots, learning more about themselves and, by extension, Latinxs New World history. On a sojourn to Dominican Republic, they explore issues of social justice, ethnic studies, history, and identity.

Naija Beta

Director: Arthur Musah
Country: Ghana/Nigeria/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 50 min.
Language: English

Dreaming of shaking up education in Nigeria, a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students heads home one summer to teach technology to high-schoolers through a competitive robotics camp in Lagos. As they seek to contribute to a new and better Nigeria, their ideals are tested by reality.

 

Ṣoju

Director: Oluwaseun Babalola
Country: USA/Botswana/Nigeria/Sierra Leone
Year: 2016
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: English

In this documentary, surfers, metal heads, and guerilla filmmakers explore their identities and culture in Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Nigeria.

Sketch

Director: Mariama Diallo
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 14 min.
Language: English

The aesthetics of racial profiling are examined in this film, which follows a police sketch artist who believes he has stumbled upon the suspect from one of his drawings.

Rest in Power, Malik Carmichael

Director: S. Ajay Ram
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: English

In this experimental short, eulogizing the life of 16-year-old Malik, a hypothetical teenager from the west side of Harlem, documentary-style interviews with Malik’s friends and family piece together the exceptional existence and senseless death of a black boy genius.

My Third Eye

Director: Nova Scott-James
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 4 min.
Language: English

This silent meditation on the relationship between a little girl and the male family member sexually abusing her examines the pain of intergenerational black familial trauma, but also the gift of spiritual independence.

Farewell Meu Amor

Director: Ekwa Msangi
Country: Tanzania/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 10 min.
Language: English

On the morning of the long-awaited reunion with his exiled family, a man is faced with the heartbreak of a different type—of parting from his lover.

Samedi Cinema

Director: Mamadou Dia
Country: Senegal/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: Fulani, Wolof and French with English subtitles

Two young Senegalese boys’ friendship is tested after they are determined to see one last film at the town movie theater before it closes.

 

 

Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom

Director: Lebert Bethune
Country: Jamaica/USA
Year: 1967
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: English

Bethune’s film portrays Malcolm X at a time when his views were evolving to include what was going on in the world at large. It features interviews filmed during Malcolm X’s trip to Europe and Africa shortly before his assassination in the United States, interspersed with scenes of African rebellion.

Footprints of Pan-Africanism

Director: Shirikiana Gerima
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: English

The documentary ­­Footprints of Pan-Africanism revisits the era of Ghana’s emergence into independence, when Africans on the continent and in the diaspora participated in building a liberated territory. This movement, rooted in the determination to reassert black people’s humanity and recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism, constituted an essential, indispensable part of the global Pan-African vision for liberation, which in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s ushered in no less than a black political and cultural revolution. Footprints ultimately celebrates the challenges young generations continue to pose to those who have yet to pick up the baton of the great Pan-African dreamers.

Jojolo

Director: Lebert Bethune
Country: Jamaica/USA
Year: 1966
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: English

A subtle study of cultural identity following a graceful young woman of Haitian descent who works as a fashion model and actress in cosmopolitan Paris. Cool, light, and lyrical in style, Bethune’s portrait has a deft thematic touch.

 

Destination: Planet Negro

Director: Kevin Willmott
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 100 min.
Language: English

destination planet negro

In 1939, a group of African American intellectuals come up with an ingenious and unlikely response to Jim Crow America—leave the planet and populate Mars. A three-person crew embarks on a journey through space that will take them to a world not unlike present-day America.

Kevin Willmott

Biography: Kevin Willmott is a professor of film at the University of Kansas and a film writer and director. He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill. The Only Good Indian (2009) was a feature film about Native American children at an Indian boarding school and the forced assimilation that took place.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Willmott)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Destination: Planet Negro (2016)

Filmography:
Ninth Street (1999)
The Really Young & the Very Restless (2001)
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)
The Battle for Bunker Hill (2008)
The Only Good Indian (2009)
Destination: Planet Negro (2013)
Jayhawkers (2014)
Gordon Parks Elementary (2015)
Fast Break; The John McLendon Story (2016)
The Profit (2017)

MOOZ-lum

Director: Qasim Basir
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Running Time: 96 min.
Language: English

mooz-jumbo

A young man from a strict Muslim background begins college. Due to the 9/11 attacks, he is pushed to confront his past and make some big decisions.