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African Americans in Film

A Raisin in the Sun (TV, 2008)

Directed by Kenny Leon. Cast: Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo, Ron Cephas Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos. An African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago comes into a sudden financial windfall, the potential uses of which divides them bitterly. Based on the play: A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Special features: optional audio commentary by Leon; "Dreams worthwhile : the journey of  'A raisin in the sun'" featurette (23 min.). 131 min.

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, Donald Sutherland. A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town's racial tension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young 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, Austin Stoker, Carol Speed. A possession filmabout a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a demon of sexuality, when he rfather in law, an exorcist, freed it while in Africa. He returns home, along with his son and a policeman to perform an African exorcism on her. 92 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Above the Rim (1994)

Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans. Kyle Lee Watson is an inner-city highschool basketball star torn between college and the lure of the streets. During an important championship play-off game, Kyle grandstands to catch the attention of a Georgetown college scout. Instead, he impresses Birdie, a powerful gang leader who is assembling a team to compete in the neighborhood Shoot-Out contest, a high-stakes street basketball tournament for the bragging rights of the city. 97min.

Afro Promo: Black Cinema Trailers 1946-76

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: A Compilation of Some of the Best BlackAction Films of the 1970's

Features clips and trailer attractions from black action motion pictures that were filmed and released in the 1970s. "You'll see Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones-- two chicks with guts. And what about that bad-ass Fred "The Hammer" Williams, shotful of lead and he still ain't dead! You'll visit The Mack Superfly and Blacula--these brothers 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, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, 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 that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam.

All About the Benjamins (2002)

Directed by Kevin Bray. Cast: Ice Cube,Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan. A bounty hunter chases a bail jumper to an abandoned warehouse that just happens to be the exchange place for a major diamond heist. Now the would-be adversaries need to cooperate 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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