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2012 ABFF Review: Eye-Opening 'Contradictions of Fair Hope' Gives Lesson in Identity & Dignity

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 23, 2012 11:41 AM
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S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf’s directorial debut Contradictions of Fair Hope, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, documents the nation’s last surviving philanthropic society. Founded in Alabama by freed slaves after emancipation, the Fair Hope Benevolent Society began as Black Americans joined to fund funerals and burials; efforts to preserve human dignity and in turn lift the community’s morale by honoring the lives of ex-slaves amidst oppression.

Trailer Watch: Doc 'The United States of Hoodoo' Explores Africa's Spiritual Influence on America's Culture

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 12, 2012 7:38 PM
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Netflix Picks: Doc On 'Carmen & Geoffrey' - Dance Icons Of The African Diaspora

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 11, 2012 8:11 PM
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I’ve been missing out not knowing much about the work of these two tremendous artists, icons I shall say, of what we regard today as modern dance.

Watch Trailer: Doc 'RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria' Explores Igbo Identity & Roots in Judaism

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 6, 2012 7:25 PM
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Directed by Jeff Lieberman, journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker, RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria documents the lives of Igbo people who have embraced Judaism as a part of their legacy and who believe Igbos are really descendants of Israelites.

Janet Jackson To Exec-Produce Transgender Doc Titled 'Truth'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 4, 2012 7:42 PM
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Janet Jackson will executive produce Truth, a documentary about transgender people that aims to "stop the hate and find understanding."

Regina King Co-Directs Doc 'The Story of A Village' About Sierra Leone Village School

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 4, 2012 7:08 PM
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Regina King will star and co-direct/produce the documentary The Story of A Village, alonside L.A. writer/director/journalist Dwayne Johnson-Cochran (not to be confused by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson).

Now Funding: Doc "Street Fighting Man" Follows 3 Inner-City-Men In Post-Industrial Detroit

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 9, 2012 7:46 PM
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Now funding via Kickstarter with 32 days left in its campaign, the feature length documentary Street Fighting Man, is directed and photographed by Andrew James and edited by Greg Snider (How To Die in Oregon).

Doc "Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots" Airing Tonight at 9pm ET on VH1 (Snoop Dogg Narrates)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 1, 2012 7:02 PM
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A quick reminder...

Watch Now: Affecting Doc On Triumph Over Trauma & Drug Addiction "Healing Neen"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • April 29, 2012 9:48 AM
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The inspirational 54-min documentary Healing Neen, directed by Laura Cain and produced by Cain and Thom Stromer, the latter who serves as the film's editor, will be screening at the United Film Festival in New York on May 12, 2012. Neen won the Director's Award at the Hearts and Minds Film Festival in Wilmington, DE in April of last year, and was the New Hope prize winner at Pennsylvania's New Hope Film Festival in July of last year.

Yoruba Richen Wins Tribeca Creative Promise Award for "The New Black" (Doc on Race, Sexuality & Church)

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • April 27, 2012 12:33 AM
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Last night, director Yoruba Richen (Promised Land) was honored with the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access for her explosive new documentary, The New Black.