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AFF 2011 Preview - Music Documentary "Beatboxing - The Fifth Element Of Hip Hop"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • April 27, 2011 5:17 AM
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Landing at this year's Atlanta Film Festival (April 28 - May 7), the music documentary Beatbox - The Fifth Element Of Hip Hop examines the art form of "beatbox" and how it's aided the expansion of hip hop music.

NFF 2011 Preview - Music Documentary Selection "Broke*"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • April 23, 2011 3:48 AM
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Here's the trailer for music documentary Broke*, a film examining the music business and the artist ability to maintain a livelihood in it. It just premiered at this year's Nashville Film Festival and took home the "Special Jury Prize for Most Original Vision" Award.

SIFF 2011 Preview - "Nous, Princesses de Clèves" ("Children of the Princess of Cleves")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 22, 2011 6:30 AM
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Upon first laying eyes on this, I thought it was more of an examination of the historical dominance of European literature, and suppression, whether intentional or not, of works by and about people of African descent, in junior high as well as high school classrooms, and the long-term effects of that occurrence, explored on a micro-level.

TFF 2011 – Screening Tomorrow Morning... Rwandan Drama “Grey Matter” (“Matière Grise”)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 22, 2011 6:04 AM
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Screening tomorrow morning, at the ongoing 2011 installment of the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York City, is Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza’s feature film debut, Grey Matter (aka Matière Grise), shot on location in Kigali, Rwanda.

Full Frame Film Fest 2011 Review - "Take Me Away Fast"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 21, 2011 8:15 AM
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The 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival ended last week Sunday. On the scene at the festival's North Carolina location was Shadow And Act woman-about-town, Ms Alece Oxendine.

Tribeca Film Fest 2011 Review - "The Bang Bang Club"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 21, 2011 7:54 AM
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It's screening tonight at the ongoing Tribeca Film Festival, and will be in theaters this weekend.

"Mama Africa" Screening At Tribeca Film Festival This Weekend

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • April 21, 2011 6:47 AM
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If you happen to live in New York City, lady-luck is on your side because making rounds on the festival circuit is the Miriam Makeba documentary Mama Africa. The film, screening this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, approaches Makeba as an artist, activist, mother, grandmother and a human being said the film's Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki. According to Mail & Guardian, there are some surprises revealed in the film such as how her friendship with Israeli prime minister Golda Meir came to an end after her new husband Stokely Carmichael, the Black Panther leader, made a scathing remark about Israel. And the day after her marriage to Carmichael, all her American concerts were canceled. Also, Makeba revealed to an interviewer how she didn't like the song Pata Pata stating "It’s a song with no meaning at all, about a dance called pata pata. I would have preferred another song to be popular."

8th Annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Lineup Unveiled!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 20, 2011 3:18 AM
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News on the March... Introducing the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, now in its 8th year.