MOVIES: Documentary - Black IssuesGood Hair
Directed by Jeff Stilson
After Chris Rock's daughter asked him why she didn't have “good hair,” the actor/comedian embarked upon a journey to explore the history and culture of African American hair in America. The documentary, which is directed by Jeff Stilson and narrated by Chris Rock, follows Rock as he interviews various African American celebrities and travels across the globe visiting hair salons, styling battles, laboratories and Indian temples to learn about African American hair culture. Rock succeeds in combining humor with genuine curiosity as he explores African American hair culture. This is a documentary which, even if you know little to nothing about the subject, you're sure to enjoy.
500 Years Later
Directed by Owen Alik Shahadah
Crime, poor education, poverty, self hatred, incarceration, broken homes plague people of African descent globally, why? From the onset of the African Holocaust of enslavement and colonialism, Africans are still struggling for basic freedom. Filmed in five continents, 500 Years Later is a critically acclaimed multi award winning timeless and compelling journey, infused with the spirit and music of liberation. It chronicles the struggle of a people who have fought and continue to fight for the most essential human right self determination.
The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration
Directed by M.K. Asante
The Black Candle is a landmark, vibrant documentary that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to celebrate the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., The Black Candle is an extraordinary, inspirational story about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture. Filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, The Black Candle is a timely illumination on why the seven principles of Kwanzaa are so important to African-Americans today. The first feature film on Kwanzaa, The Black Candle traces the holiday's growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants.