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Films by Black Film Makers

Boyz 'n the Hood (1991)

Directed by John Singleton. For threeyoung men growing up in South CentralLos Angeles, the "hood" is a place ofdrive-by shootings, unemployment, drugsand pain. But their reactions to theworld around them vary- one is anunambitious drug dealer, his brother isa college bound teenage father, and thebrother's best friend is guided by astrong father who hopes for a betterlife for his son. 112 min. Online Access through LFLFC.

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Bush Mama (1976)

Directed by Haile Gerima. Cast: BarbaraO., Johnny Weathers, Susan Williams. Apowerful drama of a black woman livingon welfare in the Los Angeles Wattsghetto, trying to care for her daughterafter being stranded alone by her man'simprisonment for a crime he didn'tcommit. 98 min. Online Access through LFLFC.

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Clockers (1995)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: HarveyKeitel, John Turturro, Mekhi Phifer,Isaiah Washington, Delroy Lindo, DavidKeith, Pee Wee Love, Regina Taylor. Twobrothers grow up together in the sameBrooklyn housing projects, but they areas opposite as good and evil. VictorDunham has a family, works two jobs andleads a respectable life. His19-year-old brother, Strike, hangs outwith his friends on a bench and sellscrack cocaine. Strike agrees to kill arival dealer as a favor to Rodney, theneighborhood drug kingpin, but when theman is murdered, it is Victor whoconfesses.

Cooley High (1975)

Directed by Michael Schultz. Cast:Glynn Turman, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs,Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis.Fun-loving and warm movie about highschool life in the 1960's. Preach, aserious-minded writer and Cochise, abasketball hero headed for college, arebest friends at Cooley High in Chicago.Together, they cut classes to go to thezoo, crash parties, put the hustle onsome hustlers, and dream of getting outof their impoverished, roughneighborhood. 107 min.
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Crooklyn (1994)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: AlfreWoodard, Delroy Lindo, David PatrickKelly, Jose Zuniga, Isaiah Washington,Ivelka Reyes, Spike Lee, N. JeremiDuru, Frances Foster, Norman Matlock,Patriece Nelson, Joie Susannah Lee,Vondie Curtis-Hall, Tse-MachWashington, Carlton Williams,Christopher Knowings, Sarif Rashed,Zelda Harris. Director Spike Leefashions a bold, flavorful picture offamily life in a crowded but cozyBrooklyn neighborhood nicknamed"Crooklyn" by the Carmichaels, whoexperience one very special summer intheir hometown under difficult butoften wonderful circumstances. 114 min.;

Da Hip Hop Witch (2000)

Directed by Dale Resteghini. Cast: Stacii JaeJohnson, Dale Resteghini, Eminem, Pras, KillahPriest, Spliff Star, Mobb Deep, Rock, Vanilla Ice,La the Darkman. Focuses on a supposed witch that isterrorizing popular hip hop singers. An ambitiousjournalist tries to learn the story behind thewitch. At the same time five white kids venture outof the suburbs and into the inner city to exposethe witch as a publicity stunt created to sellrecords. 94 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Da Projects (1997)

Directed by Doris Wade. Cast: Stanley McKnight,Monea Shepard, CeCe Waterman, Flora Gillard,Elmeria Scales, Charles Harris, Debra Ann Byrd. Arealistic film capturing typical everyday lifesituations that minorities have to deal with livingin urban areas known as "the projects." Coco, ahigh school student sexually harassed by herstep-father, leaves home in search of comfort fromher brother, while her boyfriend is constantly madefun of in school and in the neighborhood. Debra andFlora are two nosy ladies from the projects ofHarlem, who miss nothing and always know the latestgossip. 80 min.

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Directed by Julie Dash. Tells the story of alarge African-American family as they prepareto move North at the dawn of the 20th century.Explores the unique culture of the Gullahpeople. 113 min. ;
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Dead Presidents (1995)

Directors, Allen & Albert Hughes. Cast: Larenz Tate,Keith David, Chris Tucker, N'Bushe Wright, FreddyRodriguez, Bokeem Woodbine. On the streets, they callcash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnamveteran is after when he returns home from the war,only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. Withthe aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist- a daring robbery of an armored car filled withunmarked U.S. currency. 119 min.
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Def by Temptation (1990)

Directed by James Bond III. Cast: Kadeem Hardison,Melba Moore, Bill Nunn, Samuel L. Jackson. Joel, adivinity student, finds himself in conflict with hiscalling. Needing to get away from his overprotectivegrandmother and southern hometown, he heads for NewYork City to visit his childhood friend "K". Once inNew York, he meets the "Temptress," a seductivesuccubus who lures men to bed and kills them. "K" andDougy, an undercover cop who has been tracking thewoman for months, try to destroy the Temptress. Butthey both eventually fall prey to her curse leavingJoel alone to face destiny.

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