Documentary

Film Review: Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am…I want to be the force that is truly for good.” It was a while before the legendary jazz musician and saxophonist John Coltrane got to a place where he could articulate his mantra that clearly. The legacy Coltrane…

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Film Review: I Am Not Your Negro

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, left behind some biting and enlightening words about racism and the status of the Black community that are just as relevant today in this age of the Black Lives Matter movement. Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924.…

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Drug War’s Horrors and Unsung Heroes Clash in Riveting POV Documentary ‘Kingdom of Shadows,’ Premiering Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 on PBS

The U.S.-Mexico drug war continues to rage, engulfing not only the border states of both countries but also entire regions of southern Mexico. It has claimed thousands of lives—27,000 people have disappeared since 2007—and devastated countless families. Bernardo Ruiz’s Kingdom of Shadows illuminates and humanizes the conflict by following the lives of three people—a U.S.…

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Troubled Veterans Recount War’s Horrors in POV Documentary ‘Of Men and War,’ Monday, May 30, 2016 on PBS

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, affects almost 30 percent of the 834,467 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans treated through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Consumed by anger and traumatic memories long after their return, soldiers often resort to drugs or suicide to end their suffering.  Filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard provides a searing account of how…

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‘The Return’ Launches POV’s New Season Monday, May 23 on PBS

POV (Point of View), American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, launches its new season on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) with The Return, winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2012, California amended its “Three Strikes” law—one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the…

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Whitney Dow’s ‘Whiteness Project’ Releases New Online Installment with POV

Intersection of I, the second installment of award-winning filmmaker Whitney Dow’s Whiteness Project, has been released online today. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV, Whiteness Project is an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify as white, or partially white, experience their race. Intersection of I examines millennials’ views about race and identity…

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“Out of Darkness” A Film with Compelling Substance

By Hakim Abdul-Ali There are some films, when they are produced and when they hit the theaters, are simply powerless cinematic productions with no redeeming meaning or value whatsoever to their productions. Most of them are shallow depictions of aimless intents and embarrassing nothingness. Unfortunately, many of these flicks, which are aimed at the minority…

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In OLD SOUTH, a young fifth generation funeral director, Hope Iglehart is fighting to preserve what’s left of her African-American neighborhood

OLD SOUTH will kick off the 4th season of AMERICA REFRAMED, public media’s newest documentary series, a collaboration between WGBH and American Documentary, producers of the acclaimed POV series on PBS on February 2nd at 8pm. www.worldchannel.org  Danielle Beverly’s Old South takes place in one of the oldest, predominantly black neighborhoods in Georgia. A group…

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