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  • Mandabi
    Movie + 4 extras

    Mandabi

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Ousmane Sembène • 1968 • Senegal
    Starring Makuredia Guey, Yunus Ndiaye, Isseu Niang

    This second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by,...

  • Color Adjustment

    Movie

    Directed by Marlon Riggs • 1992 • United States

    Following his groundbreaking study of anti-Black stereotypes ETHNIC NOTIONS, Marlon Riggs turned his attention to the racial implications of America’s favorite addiction: television watching. COLOR ADJUSTMENT traces forty years of race relations th...

  • Five Films by Mati Diop

    1 season

    With her breathtaking feature debut, ATLANTICS, French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop has emerged as one of contemporary cinema’s most bracing and distinctive voices. Her singular vision is on full display in her extraordinary short films, intricate, mysterious documentary-fiction hybrid works th...

  • Directed by Ngozi Onwurah

    1 season

    A vital cinematic voice of the Black diaspora, British-Nigerian filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah has forged an eclectic cinematic vocabulary that spans documentary and genre spectacle, formal experimentation and bold political commentary. Her short work includes autobiographical explorations of racial and...

  • Directed by Kathleen Collins

    1 season

    Trailblazing independent filmmaker Kathleen Collins was just forty-six at the time of her sudden death, but she left behind a rich legacy as a writer, academic, and filmmaker. This program presents her masterpiece LOSING GROUND, a perceptive portrait of a marriage at a crossroads, alongside the s...

  • Putney Swope
    Movie + 1 extra

    Putney Swope

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. • 1969 • United States
    Starring Arnold Johnson, Laura Greene, Buddy Butler

    The most popular film by Robert Downey Sr. is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, his voice dubbed by a gravelly Downey), the token black man ...

  • Cooley High

    Movie

    Directed by Michael Schultz • 1975 • United States
    Starring Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris

    In 1960s Chicago, best friends Preach (Glynn Turman), an aspiring playwright, and Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), a basketball champion, experience a life-changing last few weeks of...

  • Babylon
    Movie + 2 extras

    Babylon

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Franco Rosso • 1980 • United Kingdom, Italy
    Starring Brinsley Forde, David N. Haynes, Trevor Laird
    Exclusive streaming premiere

    A long-lost reggae classic reemerges. Suppressed following its Cannes premiere for fear that it would stoke racial tension, Franco Rosso’s incendiary portra...

  • The Relic Quadrilogy

    1 season

    Part of a sprawling, ongoing multimedia project by artist Larry Achiampong, these four films imagine a future in which the global West has begun a decline into obsolescence, while a unified Africa ascends into prosperity, harmony, and a leadership role in the world, an Afrofuturist utopia in whic...

  • Starring Paul Robeson

    1 season

    All-American athlete, scholar, renowned baritone, stage actor, and social activist, Paul Robeson (1898–1976) was a towering figure and a trailblazer many times over. He was perhaps most groundbreaking, however, in the medium of film. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson managed to become a top-bi...

  • Daughters of the Dust

    Movie

    Directed by Julie Dash • 1991 • United States
    Starring Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara O. Jones

    Julie Dash’s rapturous vision of black womanhood and vanishing ways of life in the turn-of-the-century South was the first film directed by an African American woman to receive a wide release. In ...

  • Directed by Gordon Parks

    1 season

    Gordon Parks was a true Renaissance man. The first African American to direct a major Hollywood feature—the moving coming-of-age saga THE LEARNING TREE—he was also a writer, composer, and brilliant photographer who created some of the most iconic images of his time, using his camera to expose pov...

  • Six Films by Camille Billops and James Hatch

    1 season

    Trailblazing artist and polymath Camille Billops (1933–2019) and her partner in life and work, James Hatch (1928–2020), left behind invaluable legacies as archivists who worked tirelessly to preserve records of Black cultural life and as filmmakers who turned their unflinching camera on Billops’s...

  • Black Fire

    1 season

    Made as part of an ongoing collaboration between experimental filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, historian Claudrena N. Harold, and the students and alumni of the University of Virginia, these unclassifiable, poetic short films explore the ways in which Black students have transformed the university...

  • Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

    1 season

    Though they speak quietly, the films of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun register with devastating emotional force. The acclaimed auteur has lived in France since 1982, but most of his films are set in his native Chad, a country whose turbulent history of civil war provides the backdrop to deeply empathetic ...

  • Short Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu

    1 season

    Playful, funny, and brilliantly subversive, the films of Akosua Adoma Owusu use her identity as a Ghanaian American as a jumping-off point to explore the nuances of race, sexuality, and nationality in both the United States and Africa. Blurring the boundaries of experimental, narrative, and docum...

  • Black Westerns

    1 season

    As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, leading filmmakers and stars sought to reshape the myths of the Hollywood western. Sidney Poitier, Gordon Parks, and even John Ford were among the directors who drew on the historical experiences of African Americans to tell unexplored st...

  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

    Movie

    Directed by Isaac Julien • 1995 • United Kingdom

    FRANTZ FANON: BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASK explores the world of the preeminent theorist of twentieth-century anticolonialism, a French West Indian psychiatrist and political philosopher whose writings gave expression to the psychological burdens of exi...

  • Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs

    1 season

    Filmmaker, gay-rights activist, poet, professor, provocateur: the late, great Black artist Marlon Riggs (1957–94) spoke truth to power through his work in bracingly eloquent fashion. Working at the height of the AIDS crisis and the conservative culture wars of the 1980s and early ’90s, Riggs—who ...

  • Afrofuturism

    1 season

    Coined in 1994 by critic Mark Dery, the term “Afrofuturism” has become an essential framework for art about imagined and alternative Black experiences. As the author Ytasha Womack writes, “Afrofuturism combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, Afrocen...

  • Homegoings
    Movie + 4 extras

    Homegoings

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Christine Turner • 2013 • United States
    Starring Isaiah Owens

    Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, this revelatory documentary by Christine Turner takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the Black community, where fun...

  • Black Girl
    Movie + 8 extras

    Black Girl

    Movie + 8 extras

    Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project

    Ousmane Sembène was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most renowned African director of the twentieth century—and yet his name still deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his featur...

  • The Killing Floor
    Movie + 2 extras

    The Killing Floor

    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Bill Duke • 1984 • United States
    Starring Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Moses Gunn
    Exclusive streaming premiere

    Originally broadcast on PBS’s “American Playhouse” in 1984, the stirring first feature from actor and filmmaker Bill Duke explores the little-known story of an African Ameri...

  • Cane River
    Movie + 1 extra

    Cane River

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Horace Jenkins • 1982 • United States
    Starring Richard Romain, Tommye Myrick, Carol Sutton
    Exclusive streaming premiere

    Written, produced, and directed by the late, trailblazing director Horace B. Jenkins and crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew, this luminous, recen...