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Trailer: Doc "Indochina, Traces of A Mother" (Afro-Vietnamese Orphans of Indochina War Trace Roots in Vietnam)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 25, 2012 7:16 PM
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The 71-minute documentary Indochina, Traces of A Mother by Beninese filmmaker Idrissou Mora-Kpai, follows Afro-Vietnamese orphan decendants, now in their 50's, of Vietnamese mothers and West African fathers - Senegalese riflemen or tirailleurs sénégalais - who were recruited by the French during the French Indochina War, which took place in southeast Asia's French colony from December 19, 1946 and which lasted until August 1, 1954.

First Trailer For Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" Surfaces

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 5:54 PM
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Well, that was fast Variance Films... the marketing campaign has begun for Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, which, as I posted not-too long ago, was picked up by the upstart distribution company for an August 10th release.

Isaiah Washington, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Genevieve Nnaji Lead Cross-Continental Thriller "Doctor Bello"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 5:46 PM
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Well, well, well... I recall reading a Tweet last week I believe it was, from Isaiah Washington, saying that he'd just landed in Lagos, Nigeria with the filmmaker, Tony Abulu (he also included a photo of the two of them); I replied to his Tweet asking if this was "a collab in the spirit of Pan Africanism;" while he didn't say specifically, he did retweet my query, suggesting that what I said was indeed accurate.

Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" Picked Up By Variance Films For August 10th Theatrical Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 4:08 PM
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He's already said repeatedly that the film will be released this summer (2012); but the question I've long asked is who the film's distributor will be, given that, until today, to the surprise of many, it had yet to be picked up by a distributor since its Sundance 2012 debut.

Get To Know Black British Filmmaker Osbert Parker & His Mixed Media Noir Films...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 2:55 PM
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On this blog, and elsewhere, discussions/debates have been had about the perceived dearth of black filmmakers creating work that's, shall we say, atypical of the kind of material that we collectively, broadly brand "black cinema," in terms of content, themes explored, style, etc.

Defining "Blackness" Series - Artist Yinka Shonibare Addresses *Authenticity* In Black Art

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 2:21 PM
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It's a conversation we continue to have, as I believe we should: What is "blackness?" "Black film?" A "Black aesthetic?" "Burden of representaion," Etc...

"Lessons From My First Feature" - Writer/Director Dui Jarrod Tells His Story; What's Yours?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 1:47 PM
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Another installment for the What's Your Story? series I started a few months ago; another brave filmmaker steps up and shares his experience in this jungle we call the film biz; this time it's writer/director Dui Jarrod, whose feature film debut, Lesson Before Love, has been on the film festival circuit over the last year or so.

2012 New Projects We're Excited About #2 - Shola Lynch's "Free Angela"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 1:32 PM
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Number 1, which I posted yesterday, was Andrew Dosunmu's sophomore effort, Ma'George; read that entry HERE if you missed it.

Groundbreaking 1986 Hip-Hop Doc ("Big Fun In The Big Town") Commercially Available For 1st Time Ever

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 12:13 PM
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All you hip-hop heads,or just lovers history, should really dig this... I'm just going to post this quickly, as I have a lot on my plate this morning.

Tribeca 2012 Review - Chris Rock, July Delpy Star In "2 Days In New York" (Familiar But Still Engaging)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 25, 2012 11:59 AM
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I saw this at Sundance in January; it's also screening at the Tribeca Film Festival which is currently in full swing; firgured I'd repost my quick thoughts on it for those who missed it after Sundance.

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