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Jamaa Fanaka (1942–2012)

Jamaa Fanaka was born on September 6, 1942 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Walter Gordon. He was a director and writer, known for Penitentiary (1979), Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975) and Emma Mae (1976). He died on April 1, 2012 in South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Other Works:

Contributed to the book Gods In Spandex, Or, A Survivors' Account Of 80's Cinema Obscura (Succubus Press/2007).

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Walter Gordon | Walt Gordon | Jamaa-Fanaka | Walt
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Personal Quote:

I exposed the Achilles' hell of Hollywood.

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He was a member of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African American U.C.L.A. film school graduates who came of age in the late 1970s in the era of the so-called Blaxploitation era. The group's defining aesthetic was to move beyond the pimp stereotypes and funk soundtracks in film portrayals of African Americans. See more »

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