Three tales of African-American characters. "Long Black Song": a farmer with an unfaithful wife. "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black": school principal defends a controversial work by his ... See full summary »

Writers:

(story "The Reunion"), (story "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black") | 3 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

9 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

There Are No Children Here (TV Movie 1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

From Publishers Weekly The devastating story of brothers Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers, children of the Chicago ghetto, is powerfully told here by Kotlowitz, a Wall Street Journal reporter ... See full summary »

Director: Anita W. Addison
Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Keith David, Mark Lane
Disappearing Acts (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A couple in the midst of a tumultuous relationship fight to stay together.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Michael Imperioli
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts ... See full summary »

Director: Maya Angelou
Stars: Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman Jr., Mary Alice
Futuresport (TV Movie 1998)
Action | Sci-Fi | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

In 2025, Futuresport is the organized sport of the planet. But someone else is getting organized and their game is war.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams, Wesley Snipes
Native Son (1986)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

Director: Jerrold Freedman
Stars: Victor Love, Matt Dillon, Elizabeth McGovern
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The wife of a gun manufacturer is held hostage by a man seeking revenge for the death of his daughter in a high school shooting incident.

Director: Kari Skogland
Stars: Tanya Allen, Hart Bochner, Fulvio Cecere
Boiling Point I (1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A pair of sociopath killers take on the police and the mob in order to make one last big score.

Director: James B. Harris
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper, Lolita Davidovich
Zig Zag (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.

Director: David S. Goyer
Stars: John Leguizamo, Natasha Lyonne, Wesley Snipes
Sugar Hill (1993)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hardened, uncomprimising drug dealer Roemello Skuggs decides to quit his scumbag profession so he may start a new life with his girlfriend. However, he soon learns getting out is nowhere ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Ichaso
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Khandi Alexander
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation. When a shipping container full of dead ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer, Maury Chaykin
Unstoppable (2004)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Dean Cage is a former CIA operative who suffers from extreme PTSD. While in a program to resolve the stress of the loss his future brother-in-law Scott, he plans to meet Scott's sister at a... See full summary »

Director: David Carson
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Jacqueline Obradors, Stuart Wilson
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Agent Neil Shaw is called out of retirement and finds himself in the midst of a plot to assassinate several leading Senators with himself set-up to take the rap for a recent killing.

Director: Josef Rusnak
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Lochlyn Munro, Athena Karkanis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Silas (segment "Long Black Song")
...
George Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
...
Philomena (segment "The Reunion")
...
David (segment "Long Black Song")
...
Aaron (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
...
Beth Ann (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
...
Elna Du Vaul (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
...
Sarah (segment "Long Black Song")
...
Cal (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
...
Willie (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
...
Mr. Harper (segment "Long Black Song") (as Daniel Tucker Kamin)
...
Lara (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black") (as Rae'ven A'lyia Kelly)
...
Prof. Daniel (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
Summer Ross Jefferson ...
Young Philomena #1 (segment "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black")
...
Edit

Storyline

Three tales of African-American characters. "Long Black Song": a farmer with an unfaithful wife. "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black": school principal defends a controversial work by his student. "The Reunion": a jazz singer recalls her troubled youth.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerika  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good short stories
25 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not brilliant or life changing but these 3 stories of the lives of various African-American character in different situations was very watchable.

"Long Black Song": is the story of a farmer who's wife is unfaithful with a white door to door salesman. I thoug7 this was the best of the 3 stories and brilliantly acted especially by Danny Glover. The wife played by Tina Lifford, came across as a little simple woman who got bored being left home when her husband goes to town to sell his crop. The husband clearly loves his wife and splashes out on a ring for her not knowing what she is up to at home. We see glimpses of post slavery attitudes in the deep south and parts of it is disturbing. The white store owner clearly still views Danny's character as a 'boy'.

"The Boy Who Painted Christ Black": is about a school principal played by Wesley Snipes who is torn between his career and pleasing his wife and standing up for black rights. This is a moving story that shows just how wrong America's attitude towards blacks is. I say is rather than was because although the laws have changed these attitudes still exist in the minds of many in America, especially in the South. I thought the young boy Aaron was acted brilliantly by Norman D. Golden II.

"The Reunion": a jazz pianist sees a white woman in the audience of the Jazz club where she works and it stirs up painful childhood memories. I found this the weakest of the 3 stories and at times confusing. But the overall message did come through in the end.

I would recommend this trilogy or stories to anyone who is interested in human nature, especially the turmoil internally and externally that racism can bring.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss America's Dream (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?