Thomas Sankara : A film by Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda

  Leader of the Burkinabe Revolution, Thomas Sankara was a Marxist and Pan-Africanist revolutionary who became president of Burkina Faso in August 1983 at the age of 33. Transcription: Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta, is one of the poorest nations in the world. It won its independence from France in 1960. In August, […]

In the Year of the Pig: The Real Vietnam War Heroes

by Ann Garrison John McCain’s death triggered mass media regurgitations of Vietnam-era imperial racism and just plain idiocy, but also reminded us of those who risked everything to stop the war. “There’s no doubt that the pig in the film is the US in Vietnam.” I’ll be glad if I never hear John McCain’s name again, […]

Watch The Trailer For HBO’s ‘King In The Wilderness’ With D…

HBO newest documentary titled King In The Wilderness chronicles the last few years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life before his assassination. After earning rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, HBO picked up the rights to Peter Kunhardt’s King In The Wilderness documentary. And today, the cable juggernaut has decided to share the newest trailer for the Dr. Martin Luther Jr.-starring […]

Is It Time for a Reassessment of Malcolm X?

A new Smithsonian Channel film, “The Lost Tapes,” challenges misconceptions about the charismatic leader Malcolm X by Copain, c. 1967 (NPG, gift of the Anchor Foundation) By Allison Keyessmithsonian.com The voice of Malcolm X is like a baritone saxophone—powerful, full, and deep with a gravely gravitas that demands your attention. What better instrument for a man whose forceful, fiery […]

Race War Official Trailer #2

Since the election of Donald Trump to President, people have been asking “Is it racism?” We are the first film in history that dares to ask “Is it a race war?” And are Black people the targets. From the creators of the historic films 7AM and Gentrified comes the first documentary in history that speaks […]

Discover Black Lives Matter Toronto’s kids summer camp, modeled after the Black Panthers Oakland Community School

  Lu Asfaha’s short documentary Freedom Summer follows the transformative project modeled after the Black Panther Party for Self Defence’s Oakland Community School.   source: Discover Black Lives Matter Toronto’s kids summer camp, modeled after the Black Panthers Oakland Community School

Previously Banned Film Finally Released Exposing How U.S. Installed Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

  A full original English version of controversial director and documentary filmmaker Oliver Stone’s “Ukraine on Fire” has finally been made available in the United States — after being blackballed for distribution in the US and Europe when released in 2016. The film openly explores Ukraine’s 2014 Maidan, and in the process, uncovers some damning truths about […]

Recy Taylor, who fought for justice after 1944 rape, dies

ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, died Thursday. She was 97. Taylor died in her sleep at a nursing home in Abbeville, her brother Robert Corbitt said. He said Taylor had been in good spirits the previous day and her […]

Film Review: ‘This Bitter Earth:’ The Rape of Recy Taylor

By Kelisha B. Graves   Alma Daniels, Recy Taylor’s younger sister, hums out a pithy ultimatum at the onset of the film: “What they did to her? They didn’t need to live.” Nancy Buirski’s documentary, ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor,’ is equal parts wrenching and relevant. The documentary unfurls gingerly and casually against the beat […]

“Rikers: An American Jail”: A New Film on Mass Incarceration

By Michael T. Barry Jr This post is part of my blog series that announces the release of new films in African American History and African Diaspora Studies. Today, I am featuring “Rikers: An American Jail”  which is currently screening at locations across the country and is streaming at RIKERSfilm.org. *** Bill Moyers With an introduction by executive editor Bill Moyers, this […]