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Bronx Princess

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Follow the journey of an American teenager who travels to Ghana, West Africa to reunite with her royal father.


Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer

Despite his achievements as a master strategist and tireless activist in the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin was silenced and imprisoned — largely because he was an openly gay man in a homophobic era.


Brother to Brother

By Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, and Aimee Schoof

Bruce Nugent, the black gay writer who co-founded the journal Fire!! with Langston Hughes and others, inspires a gay teenager through memories of the Harlem Renaissance.

Independent Lens


by Demetria Royals and Louise Diamond

A performance-based documentary, Brothermen features five African American men who through their art transmit the historic, political, and cultural realities of the African American experience.

Brothers Hypnotic

by Reuben Atlas

The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not-always-willing participants in an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.

Independent Lens


by Jeffrey Wray

When a sick, elderly man zealously takes up martial arts, his marriage is put to the test in this surprising drama of love challenged and renewed.

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

by Shola Lynch and Phil Bertelsen

In 1972, black congresswoman Shirley Chisholm ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination, launching a groundbreaking campaign that united an unlikely coalition of supporters from every walk of life.


Claiming Open Spaces

by Austin Allen

Claiming Open Spaces explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film includes a comprehensive section on New Orleans — the vital place of historical significance that this city holds, and its role in continuing African American tradition and culture. The film is both a critical examination of the design and histories of American urban open space, as well as a celebration of leisure, recreation, and resistance.


by Marc Johnson

A multicultural series showcasing the best short films and videos illustrating cultural diversity.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

by Leah Mahan

When the graves of former slaves are bulldozed in Mississippi, a native son returns to protect the community they settled — a place now threatened by urban sprawl, hurricanes, and an unprecedented man-made disaster.

America ReFramed


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