Pan-African Cinema List

Film from the Pan-African Diaspora
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1.
The Wiz (1978 Video)
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Still photographs of the Broadway production accompanied by the original cast album. (45 mins.)
Director: Susan Simmons
 
2.
Abeni (2006 Video)
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Abeni is in love with Akanni, the son of Chief Bello's former gateman. But Chief Bello is not in support of his daughter's intention to marry a pauper's son. Will Chief Bello succeed in breaking the bond between the lovebirds? (105 mins.)
Director: Tunde Kelani
 
3.
Sàngó: The Legendary African King (1998)
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The epic tale of the lengendary king of Oyo in Nigeria, who upon his death became one of the most important Orisha of the Yoruba religion. (109 mins.)
Director: Femi Lesode
 
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Slave Warrior: The Begining (2007 Video)
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An African travels back in time to life in 18th century Africa when he was a warrior fighting to free himself, his people and his beloved from captivity and slavery (115 mins.)
Director: Oliver Mbamara
 
6.
Children of God (2010)
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The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other and portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society. (104 mins.)
Director: Kareem Mortimer
 
7.
The Wiz (1978)
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An adaption of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience. (134 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
8.
Ganja & Hess (1973)
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After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood. (110 mins.)
Director: Bill Gunn
 
9.
Disco Godfather (1979)
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A retired cop becomes a DJ/celebrity at the Blueberry Hill disco-- he's the "Disco Godfather!" All is... (93 mins.)
 
10.
Little Miss Jocelyn (2006 TV Series)
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(28 mins.)
 
11.
Stranger Inside (2001 TV Movie)
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A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility (97 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Dunye
 
12.
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
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Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed... (90 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Dunye
 
13.
Dirty Laundry (2006)
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A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist. It follows Patrick, a magazine writer, who seems to have the "perfect life," until one day, there is a knock at the door. On the other side stands a secret that brings him face to face with the traditional southern family he hasn't seen in over 10 years. (100 mins.)
Director: Maurice Jamal
 
14.
Princesa (2001)
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Fernando, a.k.a. Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transvestite, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance sex-change surgery... (94 mins.)
 
15.
Luther (2010 TV Series)
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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. (60 mins.)
 
16.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011 TV Series)
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J, an awkward black girl, navigates the embarrassing minefield of love, friendship, and office politics. (10 mins.)
Director: Issa Rae
 
17.
Thank God It's Friday (1978)
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It's Friday and everyone is going to the hot new disco. The Commodores are scheduled to play if Floyd... (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Klane
 
18.
Scandal (2012 TV Series)
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A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets. (43 mins.)
 
19.
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
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A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it. (94 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
 
20.
Beat Street (1984)
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An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture. (105 mins.)
Director: Stan Lathan
 
21.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. (71 mins.)
 
22.
Frankie & Alice (2010)
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A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her. (101 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Sax
 
23.
Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)
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Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown". (99 mins.)
 
24.
Pitch Black (2000)
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A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur. (109 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
 
25.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008 TV Series)
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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana. (60 mins.)
 
26.
For Colored Girls (2010)
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Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular. (133 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
27.
The Color Purple (1985)
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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 mins.)
 
28.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
29.
Dreamgirls (2006)
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A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way. (130 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
30.
The Soloist (2009)
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A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
31.
Ray (2004)
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The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
32.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother... (114 mins.)
 
33.
The Family That Preys (2008)
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Two families from different walks of life learn to work together. (111 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
34.
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
35.
Brother to Brother (2004)
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A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter. (94 mins.)
Director: Rodney Evans
 
36.
227 (1985 TV Series)
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This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line. (30 mins.)
 
37.
Noah's Arc (2005 TV Series)
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38.
Explicit Ills (2008)
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A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia. (87 mins.)
Director: Mark Webber
 
39.
She Hate Me (2004)
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Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit. (138 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
40.
Crooklyn (1994)
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From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn. (115 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
41.
Soul Food (1997)
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One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart. (115 mins.)
 
42.
Raising Victor Vargas (2002)
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A Lower East Side teen-ager struggles to find some sanity while surrounded by an eccentric grandmother, a crazy new girlfriend, and a longing younger brother. (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
 
43.
Desert Flower (2009)
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The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while... (120 mins.)
Director: Sherry Hormann
 
44.
Seven Pounds (2008)
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A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (123 mins.)
 
45.
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
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The big screen adaptation of Perry's stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young temptress arrives on the scene. (113 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
46.
Imagine That (2009)
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A financial executive who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await. (107 mins.)
 
47.
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
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Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. (160 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
48.
The Great Debaters (2007)
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A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. (126 mins.)
 
49.
Misfits (2009 TV Series)
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A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers. (60 mins.)
 
50.
Away We Go (2009)
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A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
51.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
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A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him. (97 mins.)
 
52.
The Last Airbender (2010)
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Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom. (103 mins.)
 
53.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
54.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
55.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
 
56.
District 9 (2009)
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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
57.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
58.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
59.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
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A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a lower-class white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
60.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
61.
Masai: The Rain Warriors (2004)
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After a lion kills the village leader, the expected rains fail to arrive, so a group of warriors are sent to hunt the lion down and kill it in hopes that the rains will come at last. (94 mins.)
Director: Pascal Plisson
 
62.
Brightness (1987)
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father. (105 mins.)
 
63.
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born. (74 mins.)
Director: Michel Ocelot
 
64.
Pumzi (2009 Short Film)
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A sci-fi film about Africa in the future, 35 years after World War III, the water war. (21 mins.)
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
 
65.
Destiny (1997)
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Two young high school boys, Manga and Sory, are gay and in love in Guinea. This is their story. (87 mins.)
Director: Mohamed Camara
 
66.
Hollow City (2004)
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A group of children, fleeing the war, is taken to Luanda accompanied by a nun. When they reach the aeroplane... (90 mins.)
 
67.
Pariah (2011)
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A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. (86 mins.)
Director: Dee Rees
 
68.
Aftershock (2010)
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The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. (135 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
 
69.
School Daze (1988)
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A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college. (121 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
70.
Wonderful World (2009)
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Ben Singer has his cynical worldview darkened by his roommate Ibu's sudden medical situation, though the arrival of Ibu's sister, Khadi, might remedy both men's ills. (89 mins.)
Director: Josh Goldin
 
71.
The Players Club (1998)
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A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living. (104 mins.)
Director: Ice Cube
 
72.
Django Unchained (2012)
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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
 
73.
Babymother (1998 TV Movie)
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A single mother determined to make it as a singer puts together an all girl reggae group named Neeta... (82 mins.)
 
74.
The Sapphires (2012)
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It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. (103 mins.)
Director: Wayne Blair
 
75.
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music (2005 Mini-Series)
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(360 mins.)
 
76.
Riddick (2013)
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Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past. (119 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
 
77.
Good Fences (2003 TV Movie)
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Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare... (119 mins.)
 
78.
American Playhouse (1981 TV Series)
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A unique award-winning tale of the African-American woman's journey in America.
 
79.
Mahogany (1975)
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Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers... (109 mins.)
Director: Berry Gordy
 
80.
Being Mary Jane (2013 TV Series)
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The life of a young black woman, her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts. (60 mins.)
 
81.
Imitation of Life (1959)
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A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
82.
Mother of George (2013)
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Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
 
83.
Skin (2008)
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Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era. (107 mins.)
Director: Anthony Fabian
 
84.
Belle (2013)
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The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. (104 mins.)
Director: Amma Asante
 
85.
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic. (111 mins.)
Director: Biyi Bandele
 
86.
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
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Four couples find themselves struggling to save their marriages once again on their annual marriage retreat, while each of them battle through financial, physical, mental, and emotional issues. (121 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
87.
Dear White People (2014)
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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college. (108 mins.)
Director: Justin Simien
 
88.
The Book of Negroes (2015 Mini-Series)
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Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia and treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 18th century. (265 mins.)
 
89.
After Earth (2013)
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A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. (100 mins.)
 
90.
Billy and Aaron (2010 Short Film)
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A short narrative drama that explores the personal and professional dilemmas faced by the openly gay jazz composer, Billy Strayhorn, in the early 1940's. (11 mins.)
Director: Rodney Evans
 
91.
Girlhood (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary chronicling America's justice system. Follows two female inmates - victims of horrific violence and tragedy - who are serving time in a Maryland juvenile detention center. (82 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
 
92.
God Grew Tired of Us (2006 Documentary)
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Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. (89 mins.)
 
93.
Bamboozled (2000)
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A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
94.
Bessie (2015 TV Movie)
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The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s. (132 mins.)
Director: Dee Rees