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African Americans in Film

The Wash (2001)

Directed by DJ Pooh. Cast: Cast: Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, GeorgeWallace, Angell Conwell, Bruce Bruce. Dee Loc and Sean are tworoommates in desperate need of some cash. With their carrepossessed and the rent due, they get jobs at a local carwash. It seems to be the perfect solution - getting paid,chasing the ladies and their "side deals" have never been solucrative. The two are in enough trouble when their boss, withties to the underworld, gets kidnapped. Now the roommates haveto figure out how to get their boss back. Special features:Production commentary - D.J. Pooh, Dr.

The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye. Cheryl, a young blackwoman working in a video store, is making a documentary aboutan obscure black actress from the 1930's. When she discoversthat the actress (known as "the Watermelon Woman") had a whitelesbian lover, Cheryl finds a white women lover for herself. 79min. ;
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Interview with Cheryl Dunye in Lavender Limelight

The Wereth Eleven (2011)

Directed by Robert Child. Cast: Ken Arnold, Chris Cudzilo,Thomas McArdle. Narrator, Corey Reynolds During World War II, 1.2million African-Americans served in America's Armed Forces. Fully125,000 served overseas, and 708 were killed. Among these were theWereth Eleven. Based on true events, this docudrama tells the storyof these eleven men who were ruthlessly murdered by the Nazi SSduring the Battle of the Bulge. Weaved together are exciting visualeffects, never-before-seen archival footage, and compellinginterviews to detail one of the least-known atrocities committedduring World War II.

The Women of Brewster Place (1988)

Directed by Donna Deitch. Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens,Cicely Tyson, Jackee, Larenz Tate, Lynn Whitfield, Mary Alice,Olivia Cole, Moses Gunn, Paula Kelly, Leon Lonette McKee, BarbaraMontgomery, Phyllis Yonne Stickney, Paul Winfield, William AllenYoung. The story of Mattie Michael, a proud, big-hearted womanwhose life has been plagued by misfortunes, landing her alone andpenniless in a crumbling ghetto tenement on Brewster Place. Shegradually unites the other tenement women to help them struggle fora new life. 180 min.

The World, the Flesh and the Devil</a> (1959)

Directed by Ranald MacDougall. Cast: Harry Belafonte, IngerStevens, Mel Ferrer. A coal miner is trapped by a cave in. When hefinally finds his way back to the surface, he discovers most of thehuman race has been killed off by nuclear poison. He and the fewremaining remnants of humanity must choose to either learn from themistakes of the past or resort to the old failed methods anddivisive issues. 95 min.
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The Young One (aka White Trash) (Mexico, 1960)

Directed by Luis Bunuel. Set in the American South on a remotecoastal island, a black man fleeing a lynch mob meets a racistsheriff and a recently orphaned 13 year old white girl. Uponrelease in 1960, this film shocked American audiences with itsdepiction of a strong, sarchastic black man, capable of holding hisown against racism. Inspired by Peter Matthiessen's story"Travelin' Man." Performers: Zachary Scott, Bernie Hamilton, KayMeersman, Graham Denton, Claudio Brook.

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Directed by Darnell Martin. Cast: Halle Berry, RubenSantiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint,Ruby Dee, Terrence Dashon Howard, Gabriel Casseus, Artel Kay`aru,Kevin Daniels, Henry Brown. A drama set in the 1920s, wherefree-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads herthrough several different marriages, challenging the mores of hersmall town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. 113 min.Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
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They Call Me Mr. Tibbs (1970)

Director, Gordon Douglas. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau,Barbara McNair, Anthony Zerbe. Detective Virgil Tibbs has beenassigned to solve the murder of a prostitute. His pal, apolitical-minded minister who is spearheading a referendum oncommunity control, is suspected of the homicide and Tibbs is facedwith the decision of whether or not to invesigate. 108 min.Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
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