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African Americans in Film

A Raisin in the Sun</a> (1988)

Directed by Bill Duke. Performers: Scarletta DuPois, DannyGlover, Kimble Joyner, Kim Yancey, Esther Rolle, Lou Ferguson,Joseph C. Phillips, Helen Martin, John Fiedler, Stephen Henderson.A $10,000 insurance benefit creates conflicting dreams within aChicago ghetto family. Son, Walter Lee wants to start his ownbusiness while his mom wishes to spend her days in a little houseof her own. Their love a bond, their warmhearted humor a breath offresh air, their tenative hold on dignity - their lifeline.

A Time to Kill (1996)

Directed by Joel Schumacher. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Samuel L.Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, OliverPlatt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, DonaldSutherland. A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town's racialtension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klanterror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealisticyoung attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice.Based on the novel by John Grisham. 150 min.

Abby (1974)

Directed by William Girdler. Cast:William Marshall, Terry Carter, AustinStoker, Carol Speed. A possession filmabout a marriage counselor who becomespossessed by a demon of sexuality, when herfather in law, an exorcist, freed it whilein Africa. He returns home, along with hisson and a policeman to perform an Africanexorcism on her. 92 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Above the Rim (1994)

Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: DuaneMartin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans.Kyle Lee Watson is an inner-city highschool basketball star torn between collegeand the lure of the streets. During animportant championship play-off game, Kylegrandstands to catch the attention of aGeorgetown college scout. Instead, heimpresses Birdie, a powerful gang leaderwho is assembling a team to compete in theneighborhood Shoot-Out contest, ahigh-stakes street basketball tournamentfor the bragging rights of the city. 97min.

Afro Promo: Black Cinema Trailers1946-76

Alternately trashy and poignant andsometimes just plain hard to believe thesedays, here's an irresistible program ofblack cinema trailers that trace itsevolution through its most crucial period,1946-1976. Explores an extensive range ofstylistic approaches -- blaxploitation,comedy, music bio, plantation drama, andmore -- all smartly organized by genre, orviewable as one outrageous joyride throughmid-century picture history. 91 min.

Afrocentricity (2000)

A compilation of seven short films,in-depth interviews and commentary byemerging African American film directors."Meet here the next generation ...unadulterated by the Hollywood filmmakingprocess." Contents: True / filmmaker,Charles Stone III -- Breakdown / starringVanessa Williams ; filmmaker, Jeff Byrd --A gut feeling / ex. producer, Spike Lee ;filmmaker, Lee Davis -- Breakfast at Ben's/ filmmaker, Chuck Wilson -- Kings /director, Niva Dorell -- Hip hop: the newworld order / featuring Public Enemy ;filmmaker, Muhammida El Muhajir -- The Gift/ filmmaker, Tanya Boyd. 160 min.

Afros, Macks, 'n Zodiacs. Vol. 1: ACompilation of Some of the Best BlackAction Films of the 1970's

Features clips and trailer attractionsfrom black action motion pictures that werefilmed and released in the 1970s. "You'llsee Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones-- twochicks with guts. And what about thatbad-ass Fred "The Hammer" Williams, shotfulof lead and he still ain't dead! You'llvisit The Mack Superfly and Blacula--thesebrothers have drive and don't take no jive!So turn on your black light, sit back anddig this compilation of Black action!"Films reviewed: Blacula,Monkey Hustle, The Mack, Dr.

Ali (2001)

Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, JonVoight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, MykeltiWilliamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona M. Gaye, Michael Michele,Joe Morton. Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali,which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In thattime, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates hissport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam(changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the UnitedStates government by refusing to submit to militaryconscription for duty in Vietnam.

All About the Benjamins(2002)

Directed by Kevin Bray. Cast: Ice Cube,Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan. Abounty hunter chases a bail jumper to anabandoned warehouse that just happens to bethe exchange place for a major diamondheist. Now the would-be adversaries need tocooperate to foil the diamond thieves. 98min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Almos' a Man (TV, 1976)

Directed by Stan Lathan. Cast: LeVar Burton, Madge Sinclair,Robert Doqui. Although Dave and his family are poor sharecroppersin the Deep South in the 1930's, this 15 year-old's problem isshared by teenagers today : he stands with one foot in adulthoodand the other in childhood. "Almos' a Man," yet still treated likea child, he struggles for an identity. There's one symbol ofmanhood, Dave thinks, that could guarantee him instant respect : agun. Based on the story by Richard Wright. 36 min.min.

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