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Preview "Home - The Documentary Movie" (On African Americans Returning South In the 21st Century)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 5, 2011 12:03 PM
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Preview of an intriguing upcoming documentary produced and directed by Naimah Fuller titled Home - The Documentary Movie; the feature film chronicles the migration experience of African Americans, reversing historical trends and relocating back to the south in the 21st century, thanks in part to rising costs of living up north. Further, as Fuller states, "The poignant question the documentary begs: Are blacks relocating into the South as a consequence of an insidious urban renewal policy called "gentrification", or is it the manifestation of a shared ethos, a spiritual calling to African Americans to return to their southern roots?"

Five years in the making, the film features interviews with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Dr Maya Angelou, Terence Blanchard and Reuben Cannon, who share their own stories/journeys of returning home to states in the south, from Georgia to North Carolina and Mississippi.

According to Fuller's website, the film is currently seeking distribution, for a likely televised broadcast.

Immediately following below are clips from the movie, with Terence Blanchard and Maya Angelou (you'll find many more clips by "liking" the film's Facebook page HERE). And just below that clip is a recent interview Fuller did with NPR about the project.

And here's the NPR interview with Tony Cox.


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2 Comments

  • the journalist | July 6, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    @Kunle

    Totally agree . . .

  • Kunle Adekolo | July 6, 2011 2:36 AMReply

    I don't know . . . this sounds like more of an economic issue, rather than a racial one. I think it's borderline reckless of us to continue to associate being poor to being black. We're not the only ones who are broke, obviously. And the whole gentrification argument is starting to wear thin, too.
    Most of these so-called "black" neighborhoods that are being "taken away" from us were neglected and taken for granted by their inhabitants. A lot of us quickly forget how much we couldn't wait to get out of these neighborhoods; but now we cry about how unfair it is that someone else wants to come in and make them liveable.
    Have we forgotten how many mothers cried in these same neighborhood streets over the spilled blood of their children? Have we forgotten how unsafe it was for our women to walk alone at night? Have we forgotten about how common it was to see makeshift roadside memorials and R.I.P t-shirts in these neighborhoods?
    Let's stop talking about how these dreadful neighborhoods are being "taken away", and let's start talking about how we can move forward without repeating the same mistakes and creating these same types of neighborhoods elsewhere.

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