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by Christine Turner

Homegoings is a moving portrait of a man and a people — and of the faith, hope and history that sustain them in the face of death. Seen through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community.


Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

by Tamra Davis

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend, the iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in this examination of a brilliant life cut short.

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July '64

by Christine Christopher and Carvin Eison

In the summer of 1964, a three-night riot erupted in two predominantly black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York.

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Little White Lie

by Lacey Schwartz

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper-middle-class household with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she's always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret.

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Love & Diane

by Jennifer Dworkin

Love & Diane explores a crucial period in the lives of two adolescent cousins, Love Hinson and Selina Hazzard, who aspire to a better life in the face of extraordinary challenges.


Out in the Night

by Blair Doroshwalther

Gay African American women friends defending themselves against a violent sexual assault in a seemingly gay-friendly New York City neighborhood are arrested for assault and attempted murder. A different kind of fight ensues in the courts and the media.


A Place of Our Own

by Stanley Nelson

Each summer, affluent and successful African Americans like filmmaker Stanley Nelson return to Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, an upper middle class resort community that has historically provided an oasis for black professionals.

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Ralph Ellison: An American Journey

by Avon Kirkland

A vivid portrait of one of the seminal — and too often overlooked — intellectual figures of our time, Ralph Ellison explores the life and legacy of the man whose writings continue to send reverberations through America's cultural life.

American Masters

Revolution '67

by Bongiorno Productions Inc.

Revolution '67 returns to Newark, New Jersey in the summer of 1967 to reveal the untold story of what happened during the Newark rebellion.


Shaker Heights: The Struggle for Integration

by Stuart Math

Documents a town's efforts to create an integrated community.


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