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"A Different Image": Alile Sharon Larkin Retrospective (L.A. Rebellion Film Series)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • December 5, 2011 6:10 AM
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In Alile Sharon Larkin’s 1982 film A Different Image, main character Alana, played by Margot Saxton-Federella says to her male friend Vincent as she motions to her breasts and butt: “All they see is this and this. The rest is invisible.”
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Review - Steve McQueen's "Shame" (Smack It up, Flip It, Rub It Down, Oh, No...!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 2, 2011 9:59 AM
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It opens in the US today, so I figured I'd repost my review of it, which I penned after I saw it in early October.

"Sankofa" Revisited (L.A. Rebellion Film Series)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • November 21, 2011 6:47 AM
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Sankofa is an Akan word meaning roughly, “We must go back and reclaim our past in order to move forward.” Haile Gerima’s cinematic rendering of this is perhaps one of his greatest filmmaking achievements. Screened this weekend as part of the UCLA L.A. Rebellion Film Series at the Hammer Museum, the film follows Shola, a black model who is transported back to a West Indian plantation after participating in a fashion shoot on shores of the slave castles in Ghana. Shola becomes a house slave alongside Shango, a militant Maroon fieldhand and love interest who resists her early warnings to ignore the brutalities committed against others on the plantation. Sexually abused by the plantation’s owner, Shola is drawn to Nunu, an African-born fieldhand and Maroon leader, who ignites her eventual rebellion.
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"Cutting Horse" And The Need for More Black Westerns