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Watch Now: PBS POV Short Cuts Doc 'The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Solider of the Civil Rights Movement'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 11, 2012 10:04 AM
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An official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the 2012 Oscar-nominated short film The Barber of Birmingham, is now streaming in its entirety on the PBS site for a limited time.

Watch Touching Preview for Doc 'We of the Saya' About Marginalized Afro-Bolivian Community

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 9, 2012 7:58 PM
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The Bolivian feature documentary We of the Saya (Nosotros los de la Saya) successfully completed its funding via Kickstarter last month. Directed/produced by Sisa Bueno of Dominican and Cuban descent, the doc follows a marginalized Afro-Bolivian community led by a farmer with political aspirations to empower these descendants of African slaves, who arrived in Bolivia four centuries ago.

Updates on 'WILMINGTON ON FIRE' Black Township Massacre Documentary - Teaser Trailer, Clips & Premiere Date

  • By Curtis Caesar John
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  • July 3, 2012 11:56 AM
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A few months ago S&A’s Cynthia Reid did an influential write-up for the new feature-length documentary project Wilmington On Fire and their efforts to raise more production funds. Due to her efforts and the hard work of the producers of the film the IndieGoGo campaign to tell the present day story of the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 and how the descendants of the victims of the event are asking for legal action in regards to reparations was highly successful.  Now that the doc has completed principle photography, here are some updates (including new video clips!) from Wlimington director Christopher Everett and his executive producer Pete Chatmon, whom most of you best know from his directorial debut Premium, starring Dorian Missick and Zoe Saldana.

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).