Homegoings

Homegoings

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 funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history, and celebration. Combining cinema verité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, HOMEGOINGS paints a vivid portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families, and a man who sends loved ones “home.” It is presented alongside two beautifully observed short documentaries by Turner spotlighting brilliant Black artists Betye Saar and Kevin Beasley, whose work interrogates and subverts the history of racial oppression in America.

Homegoings
  • Homegoings

    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...

Extras

  • Meet Christine Turner

    This interview with director Christine Turner was recorded in 2020.

  • Kevin Beasley’s Raw Materials

    Directed by Christine Turner • 2019 • United States
    Starring Kevin Beasley

    Does the past have a sound? Celebrated for his material-oriented practice, Kevin Beasley juxtaposes sound, silence, and sculpture to examine the legacy of cotton in the American South. Set to the beat of his improvised dr...

  • Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business

    Directed by Christine Turner • 2020 • United States
    Starring Betye Saar

    There’s no stopping legendary artist Betye Saar, now in her nineties, whose intricate collage and assemblage works explode stereotypes of Black femininity.