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Films by Black Film Makers

Riot (TV, 1997)

Diretors: Richard Di Lello (segment "Empty"); David C. Johnson(segment "Homecoming Day"); Alex Munoz (segment "Caught in theFever"); Galen Yuen (segment "Gold Mountain"). Cast: Dante Basco,Kieu Chinh, Mako, Alexis Cruz, Yelba Osorio, John Ortiz, DouglasSpain, Luke Perry, Peter Dobson, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin VanPeebles, Cicely Tyson. In April 1992, following the notoriousRodney King verdict, the streets of Los Angeles became abattlefield, the backdrop to four personal intertwined stories. 96min.

Rosewood (1997)

Directed by John Singleton. Cast: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, DonCheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Elise Neal,Robert Patrick, Michael Rooker. In this powerful fact baseddrama, a black town in Florida is burned to the ground in 1923by a white mob, its people murdered because of a lie. But someescape and survive because of the courage and compassion of twoextraordinary people, a heroic World War I veteran and ashopkeeper. Based on true events from the book Like judgementday: the ruin and redemption of a town called Rosewood byMichael D'Orso. 142 min.

Ruby Bridges (TV, 1998)

Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Cast: Penelope Ann Miller, KevinPollak, Michael Beach, Jean Louisa Kelly, Peter Francis James,Patrika Darbo, Chaz Monet, Diana Scarwid, Lela Rochon. When brightsix year old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American tointegrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjectedto the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sankofa. (1993)

Directed by Haile Gerima. Cast: Kofi Ghanaba, OyafunmikeOgunlano, Alexandra Duah, Nick Medley, Mutabaruka, AfemoOmilami, Reginald Carter, Mzuri. Sankofa is an Akan word thatmeans, "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can moveforward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we aretoday." Written, directed and produced by Ethiopian-bornfilmmaker Haile Gerima, SANKOFA is a powerful film aboutMaafa-the African holocaust.

School Daze (1996)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Larry Fishburne, GiancarloEsposito, Tisha Campbell, Kyme, Joe Seneca, Art Evans, Ellen Holly,Ossie Davis. This music-filled, off-beat contemporary comedy takesan unforgettable look at black college life. Dap and Big BrotherAlmighty conflict over the Greek frat system while the Wanna-be'sand Jigaboo's conflict over self-identity and self-esteem. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Set It Off (1996)

Directed by F. Gary Gray. Cast: Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah,Vivica A. Fox, John C. McGinley, Kimberly Elise, Blair Underwood.Four poor black women try to get some payback from the socialsystem which has abused them by staging a series of bank robberies.Special features: "Setting it straight: making Set it off"featurette; "Let it go" music video by Ray J; theatrical trailer.124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

She Hate Me (1991)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington,Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Jim Brown, Brian Dennehy.Executive John Henry Jack Armstrong gets fired when he informson his bosses' business dealings. Desperate to make a living,he accepts his lesbian ex-girlfriend's offer for cash toimpregnate her and soon he has a line seeking his services. 138min.
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She's Gotta Have It (1991)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Tracy Camila Johns, Redmon Hicks,John Canada Terrell, Raye Dowell, Joie Lee. Nola and her threeboy friends try to cope with the fact that she doesn't want togive up any of them.

Soul Food (1997)

Directed by George Tillman, Jr. Cast: Vanessa L. Williams,Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey D.Sams, Irma P. Hall, Gina Ravera, Brandon Hammond. Sunday dinner atMother Joe's is a mouth-watering, 40-year tradition. As seenthrough the eyes of her grandson Ahmad, love and laughs are alwayson the menu, despite the usual rivalries simmering between his momMaxine and her sisters Teri and Bird. But when serious bickeringstarts to tear the family apart, the good times suddenly stop.

Stomp the Yard (2007)

Directed by Sylvain White. Choreographer, Dave Scott.Cast: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo, Darrin Henson, BrianWhite, Laz Alonso, Valarie Pettiford, Harry Lennix. After the deathof his younger brother D.J. a troubled 19-year-old street dancerfrom Los Angeles is able to bypass juvenile hall by enrolling inthe historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. Hisefforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelinedwhen he discovers 'stepping,' a traditional dance performed byAfrican-American fraternities.

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