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Colombian Coming Of Age Drama 'LA Playa D.C.' Gets 1-Week NYC Theatrical, 7/19-25. See It!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 15, 2013 7:43 PM
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Trailer: 'Brothers Hypnotic' (On The 8 Brothers Who Make Up The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)

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  • July 15, 2013 4:58 PM
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Oscar-Nominated Doc 'King: A Filmed Record' To Screen Aug. 28 In Theaters Nationwide

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2013 2:31 PM
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Maysles Cinema's Summer of Music Present Screening Of 'I Want My Name Back' + More (7/10)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2013 2:51 PM
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'Coltrane’s Philadelphia' Doc Set To Premiere In August

  • By Sergio
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  • July 9, 2013 12:31 AM
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Though he was a native of North Carolina, the formative years in the career and development of jazz giant John Coltrane, where in Philadelphia.

July Screenings Announced For Black Cinema House In Chicago

  • By Sergio
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  • July 5, 2013 11:25 AM
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The Black Cinema House in Chicago whose singular mission is to hold "screenings and discussions of underseen works by film and video makers of the African and other diasporas,” and which we have profiled in the past (HERE), and have written about several times, has announced its schedule of July screenings.

For Your Holiday/Weekend Viewing: Watch Award-Winning Malian Feature 'Swirl In Bamako'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 5, 2013 10:58 AM
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Slow news day today, as you'd expect in the middle of a 4-day holiday weekend. So how about watching a movie to pass the time? Yesterday, I discovered this was online and thought I'd share the wealth, so to speak.It's a film we profiled last year, as it was traveling the international film festival circuit, and continues to do so. This may be your only chance to see it, so take advantage. Recapping... it's a Mailian film titled Swirl In Bamako, which follows the tribulations of Makan, a man in love with Sira, but whose earnings as a woodcarver aren't quite enough to support himself, let alone a wife. When he goes to visit a friend who now runs a lottery kiosk, his friend persuades him to buy a ticket, which he places in his jacket pocket and forgets. And as you'd probably expect, Makan’s numbers come-up and he wins the jackpot. The only problem, however, is that he's misplaced the jacket that he left the winning ticket in, which sends him on an revealing journey through the streets of Bamako, in search of it - from the sister of a co-worker he left it with temporarily, to the boyfriend she then gave it to, to the boyfriend's sister, and so on, and so forth. And so intent is Makan on finding the lottery ticket that he forgets all about the initial reason he bought it in the first place - Sira, the object of his affection.It's a lovely film, reminiscent of others that came before it.I's directed by Dominique Philippe, who teaches cinema at the Conservatory of Bamako in Mali. In 2009, he founded Babel Films at Bamako, which produces video reports and documentaries in Bamako.The cast of the festival award winning film includes Chek Oumar Sidibé, Mama Koné, and Fatoumata Coulibaly.Watch the entire feature film below:

ADIFF Presents The Law, Order and People of Color Film Series This Weekend (NYC)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 29, 2013 11:08 AM
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I'm a day late in posting this, but better late than never. You have today and tomorrow to catch the rest of the scheduled screenings, including films we've profiled on this site, like Congo, White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (an eye-opening documentary on the greed, violent colonialism, and genocide brought on by King Leopold II, who raped the Congo of its resources) at 3pm today, and The House I Live In (a documentary on the human rights implications of the war on drugs) at 5pm.All screenings take place at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. – 263 Macy. Tickets are $10 per screening ($8 for students and seniors; free with a valid Teachers College ID). Or you can buy a weekend pass for $30.

'The Kill Hole' Wins Best Feature At New Jersey Int'l Film Fest, Screens Next At BHFF & MIBFF

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 11, 2012 7:55 PM
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A film we first profiled back in January of this year, the action drama The Kill Hole picked up critical acclaim when it premiered in January at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival; last month, the film won the best feature narrative award at the New Jersey International Film Festival.

Rooftop Films Presents 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty' Brooklyn Screening on 6/21

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 12, 2012 6:06 PM
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Rooftop Films will host a screening of Terence Nance's  An Oversimplification of Her Beauty on Thursday, June 21 at Dekalb Market in Brooklyn.