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Isaiah Washington Joins Production Team of Doc 'Africans VS African Americans: Silent Sibling Rivalry'

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by Vanessa Martinez
July 5, 2013 1:10 PM
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Here's a documentary you might recall when we posted about its fundraising efforts towards the end of 2011. At the time, the documentary didn't meet its goal, unfortunately. 

However, it looks like the controversial documentary - directed by Peres Owino - titled African vs African American: Silent Sibling Rivalry, which focuses on the complex struggle with self-identity dynamics between Africans and African Americans, is back on track and slated for festival debut in 2014.

Isaiah Washington has joined the production team of Sibling Rivalry - which addresses the “little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans” - along with Owino and Tene Carter.

Glad to see Mr. Washington - a passionate Pan-Africanist and advocate of tracing your African roots via DNA testing - involved in bringing this much needed dialogue to the screen.

Read the full press release below, followed by the teaser and poster:

Los Angeles, CA - In Los Angeles Monday July 8, 2013 actor, producer and philanthropist, Isaiah Washington will join producing team, Peres Owino, and Tene Carter in the documentary BOUND: Africans and African Americans, a film that looks at the relationship between Africans and African Americans and how it relates to their complex struggle with self-identity. Bridging the gap in identity and social awareness, the film depicts the views of what has shaped the moral fabric and struggles shared and not shared on the two continents. 

Caught in a duality of souls, the layers are ultimately revealed to show a common bond and thru line that we can all relate to. Isaiah Washington will serve as an Executive Producer as he retells his journey back to Africa and being awarded a citizenship in Sierra Leone, solely based on his DNA. "We felt if there was ever a topic that needed to be addressed, this was it. It's fascinating how people whose histories are almost similar, have such a difficult time relating to one another. Having Isaiah onboard is pivotal, because his own journey back to Africa reflects the hope of this film,” Owino says. 

Earlier this year Washington, repped by Caliber Media Co and Inqlusion Entertainment has been busy as of late. In addition to Sundance and the CW Network's THE 100, BLUE CAPRICE recently opened The Film Society of Lincoln Center and MOMA's 2013 New Directors/New Films Festival and Washington was also in Austin at SXSW for the premiere of Jeymes Samuel's THEY DIE BY DAWN starring opposite Michael Kenneth Williams, Erykah Badu, Jesse Williams, Kelly Hu, Giancarlo Esposito, Nate Parker and Rosario Dawson. He is also currently in development on a docu-series sports and outdoors adventure show with Wayne Hubbard and Candice Price's URBAN AMERICAN ADVENTURES brand. Bound: Africans and African Americans is written and directed by Peres Owino and is scheduled to make its festival debut in 2014.


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  • Nelima | January 23, 2014 9:42 AMReply

    Very Timely - especially in the context of Gary Harwick's rant on the"African-invasion of Hollywood". Thanks.

  • gold | October 10, 2013 8:49 PMReply

    They should probably retitle it to african americans vs subsaharan africans!!
    and MK your reasoning is really really really silly!!

  • Sesheta (MsEYEURBANTV) | July 9, 2013 12:40 PMReply

    Awesome. :) was wondering what you were up to couldn't find out on Twitter anymore. Great topic and keep up the great work Mr. Washington!

  • Donella | July 8, 2013 3:09 PMReply

    I read Isaiah Washington's Book Reclaiming My Name, I think it's called. It talked about his trips to Africa, Sierra Leone, in particular. He's come a long way.

  • mozart boukman | July 8, 2013 12:10 PMReply

    Africans vs African Americans in the quest for the white women is what is should be called.

  • Jerome | July 8, 2013 2:08 PM

    That's rich coming from someone named "Mozart"...

  • Tj | July 8, 2013 11:55 AMReply

    I think MK is missing the point of this documentary. You can't deny the ignorance and self hate we show to one another due to the damaging effects of colonization all over the world. You are not seeing the difference is African Americans were made into slaves by force for the benefit of the world but ourselves. With this process came mental abuse and brainwashing in order to control and get them to work and do as their told etc. these damaging effects on our people not only happened to slaves here but Africa was a continent that suffered at the hands of the world. It was torn apart and made into what everyone else wanted. Aficans vs African Americans has always been the way they have made our minds work in order to keep us down its never the same because we are still dealing with the effects today including making our brothers and sisters our enemy because we have been taught to do so. We have been trained to look at each other and find a way to hurt one another and the only benefit comes to those who felt the need to take our culture our lives and dictate it for their own comfort and pleasures. This is an important topic we've been taught to whisper about and ignore. But it's time we face the ignorance and start a healing process with our people.

  • Xi | July 6, 2013 10:10 AMReply

    This is a great topic which I'm sure will yield compelling footage. Even MK's point is valid and would be wise to address. But geeeeeze, if the final product looks anything like the production value of this teaser, I'll pass. Nothing about this teaser makes me want to donate: not the lazy "man on the street" interviews with terrible framing, not the scanty, 60 second speech by the creators and definitely not the decision to shoot said speech on grandma's couch. Maybe I'm being petty, but if you're asking for my money, please show me what you plan to do with it. I'm excited about the topic, but I hope the creators can put together something (another teaser perhaps) FRESH, ENGAGING, and attractive to anyone under the age of 40...unless their only expected audience are half-awake students in an Afro-American studies course. -with Love

  • MK | July 6, 2013 2:26 AMReply

    This is plain stupid.
    One reason so many continental Africans are at odds with each other is precisely because they do NOT see themselves as 'brothers' and 'sisters', anymore than - for example - Irish and British people do. Or Japanese and Chinese. Koreans vs Filipino's, etc
    Why people are surprised that continental Africans and those in the Diaspora do not embrace one another is beyond me.
    It is incredibly racist to assume that all black folks are one group, to not discern the variety in ethnicities.
    No wonder racist people keep saying that 'Africans sold their own brothers in slavery'. People see black, think it's all the same.
    Meanwhile, no one would say that Germans gassed their own kind, because apparently, people do discern between the different types of Europeans.
    British folks once enslaved the Irish (Cromwell, 1750's), but no one will say 'Europeans enslaved their own kind'.
    Want me to continue with atrocities committed by Asians against 'fellow' Asians in the Far East?
    Jeezz.
    Baffling. Just baffling.
    This is the 21st century. By now, we should know better than to stereotype ourselves.

  • Imani | July 22, 2013 3:38 PM

    Your comparisons don't support your analysis. You argue as if the Africans in Diaspora are indigenous to their space in the same way the Japanese and the Chinese are to theirs (allowing space for the fact that there are sub-groupings even among them, certainly the Chinese); or the Irish and the "British" (which is a colonial construct and of course, both places are more multi-cultural now). Try again.

  • Tj | July 8, 2013 11:56 AM

    I think MK is missing the point of this documentary. You can't deny the ignorance and self hate we show to one another due to the damaging effects of colonization all over the world. You are not seeing the difference is African Americans were made into slaves by force for the benefit of the world but ourselves. With this process came mental abuse and brainwashing in order to control and get them to work and do as their told etc. these damaging effects on our people not only happened to slaves here but Africa was a continent that suffered at the hands of the world. It was torn apart and made into what everyone else wanted. Aficans vs African Americans has always been the way they have made our minds work in order to keep us down its never the same because we are still dealing with the effects today including making our brothers and sisters our enemy because we have been taught to do so. We have been trained to look at each other and find a way to hurt one another and the only benefit comes to those who felt the need to take our culture our lives and dictate it for their own comfort and pleasures. This is an important topic we've been taught to whisper about and ignore. But it's time we face the ignorance and start a healing process with our people. We live in the 21st century where we still are being looked as if we are not human beings

  • MK | July 6, 2013 3:00 AM

    I can just picture these documentaries:

    'Cubans VS Mexicans: Silent Sibling Rivalry'
    ...you know, since Latinos are all the same

    and:
    'Canadians VS Americans: Silent Sibling Rivalry'
    ... naturally, since North Americans are all the same

    or even:
    'Europeans VS Americans: Silent Sibling Rivalry'
    ... since 'we share the same history'

    See how ridiculous it is?
    Africa is not a single nation, people. It's a continent. Just a continent.

  • Dean | July 5, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    The cause of such foolishness is ignorance. Promote "education" and "knowledge".

  • Dawn | July 5, 2013 1:41 PMReply

    Great topic for healing....

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