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Sundance 2013 Review: 'American Promise'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 28, 2013 10:04 AM
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Sundance 2013 Review: 'Blue Caprice'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 26, 2013 7:27 PM
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Sundance 2013 Review: 'Milkshake'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 26, 2013 7:25 PM
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L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review: Larry Clark's 'Passing Through'

  • By Brandon Wilson
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  • January 24, 2013 10:17 AM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. We're revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles over a year ago... here's another. The overview and complete lineup speak for themselves, so click HERE to head over to the home site for the series.

Review: 'The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song' A Subtle But Strikingly Moving Doc

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 23, 2013 9:20 PM
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Currently screening at the Royal Cinema in Toronto since last Friday is Christy Garland’s documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, which revolves around a family from Georgetown, Guyana in South America. The family’s matriarch, 75-year old Mary, is an alcoholic in denial. She’s also a talented poet who once set out to write a book of poems.

Sundance 2013 Review: Ryan Coogler’s Lauded 'Fruitvale'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 23, 2013 5:54 PM
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L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review: 'A Different Image' - Alile Sharon Larkin Retrospective

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • January 23, 2013 3:44 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. We're revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles over a year ago... here's another. The overview and complete lineup speak for themselves, so click HERE to head over to the home site for the series.

Review: 'La Pirogue' And The African Struggle (Opens In NYC Tomorrow)

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 22, 2013 7:38 PM
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A vast expanse of ocean. A small boat, bobbing with uncertainty amongst looming waves. It’s an image that’s been created many times in many iterations across the cinema landscape - in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, in The Perfect Storm, more recently in Ang Lee’s opus Life of Pi. And now, also, in Senegalese director Moussa Touré’s latest film, La Pirogue.

L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review - 'Cutting Horse' And The Need for More Black Westerns

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • January 22, 2013 1:47 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. We're revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles over a year ago... here's another. The overview and complete lineup speak for themselves, so click HERE to head over to the home site for the series.

Sundance 2013 Review: John Akomfrah’s 'The Stuart Hall Project '

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 21, 2013 1:14 PM
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It would be unfair to call The Stuart Hall Project a simple documentary. The film, directed by John Akomfrah, is a visual and sonic excursion into the life and philosophies of the Jamaican-born intellectual, a finely crafted collage of memory, distilling hundreds of hours of archival footage of Hall, and exploring not only his life story but the story of the 20th century, in many ways intertwined with his own. In the the 1960s, Hall came to prominence as an important thinker in the UK, fearlessly sharing his ideas on race, class, and the social structure as it related to the black people of Britain and around the world. Hall was interested in breaking down the structures of society, power, and political institutions in relation to how they impacted and indeed were tied to the plight of the black man.