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African Americans in Film

The Long Walk Home (1991)

Directed by Richard Pearce. Cast: Sissy Spacek, WhoopiGoldberg, Dwight Schultz. When Odessa Cotter, a quietlydignified woman, honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, busboycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work,Miriam, her employer, offers her a ride. Defying both Miriam'sracist husband and the powerful White Citizen's Council, Miriamand Odessa put their lives in danger for civil rights. Theirshared experiences draw them closer as a deep respect andlasting friendship forms. Together, in a difficult world ofblack versus white, they manage to discover a common ground. 98min.

The Mack (1973)

Directed by Michael Campus. Cast: MaxJulien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor,Carol Speed, Roger E. Mosley, WilliamC. Watson, George Murdock, DickWilliams, Juanita Moore, Paul Harris,Hernandez, Kai, Annazette Chase, SandraBrown, Junero Jennings, Lee Duncan, StuGilliam, David Mauro, ChristopherBrooks, John Vick, Norma McClure, FritzFord, Robert Munk, Frank Ward, TedWard, Willie Ward, Andrew Ward,Roosevelt Taylor, Jay Payton, theSisters Love, the Ballads, theUptights.

The Pawnbroker (1965)

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Rod Steiger, Brock Peters,Jaime Sanchez, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Raymond St. Jacques. SolNazerman is a WWII Nazi deathcamp survivor. Now, he runs apawnshop in Harlem and takes refuge in misery and a bittercondemnation of humanity. When his assistant sacrifices his ownlife for the pawnbroker during a robbery, Sol is finallyconfronted with the inherent goodness of the human spirit. 120min.
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The Piano Lesson. (1995)

Director, Lloyd Richards. Cast: Charles S. Dutton, AlfreWoodard, Carl Gordon, Tommy Hollis, Lou Myers, Courtney B. Vance.In this story of an Afro-American family caught between theirheritage and a dream for the future, the Charles family clashesover the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries theirfamily's story from their days as slaves. Boy Willie wants to sellthe piano to buy a farm--the same fields their family worked asslaves. But his sister, Berniece, refuses to part with it.

The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney Pictures, 2009)

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker. AVoices: AnikaNoni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley,Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis,Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman. A musicalretelling of the fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era NewOrleans. Arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworkingwaitress Tiana cross paths. Prince Naveen is transformedinto a frog by a conniving voodoo magician. Tiana followssuit when she decides to kiss the amphibian royalty.

The Sarah Silverman Program. Season Two. "Face Wars" (TV)

Sarah wagers that it's easier to be a black person in Americathan a Jewish person, and attempts to prove it by becoming "black"for a day with the help of a makeup artist. She embarks on anodyssey in which she becomes the beloved and persecuted leader of aunique racial justice movement. Brian and Steve grievouslymiscalculate the potency of medical marijuana.

The Soloist (2009)

Directed by Joe Wright. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr.,Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisagay Hamilton. Tells the truestory of journalist Steve Lopez who discovers Nathaniel AnthonyAyers, a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on thestreets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man findhis way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transformsboth their lives. 116 min.
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The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)

Directed by Ivan Dixon. Cast: Lawrence Cook, Jack Aaron, DonBlakely, Paul Butler, Paula Kelly. Disgusted by tokenism in theC.I.A., the organization's first black officer uses his training inorganizing an army made up of gang members to destroy the whitepower structure in America. Based on the novel by Sam Greenlee. 102min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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