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Drylongso (1998)

R | | Drama | 17 October 1998 (USA)
Drylongso" is an old African American term that means "ordinary," or "just the same old thing." Ambitious and densely packed, Cauleen Smith's remarkable debut feature addresses the ... See full synopsis »


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Credited cast:
Toby Smith Toby Smith ... Pica Sullivan
April Barnett ... Tobi
Will Power Will Power ... Malik
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Stacey Marbrey Stacey Marbrey ... Tiffany (as Stacey NyKhole Marbrey)
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Drylongso" is an old African American term that means "ordinary," or "just the same old thing." Ambitious and densely packed, Cauleen Smith's remarkable debut feature addresses the everydayness of violence and the extraordinary beauty of daily life.

Pica is a young woman growing up in Oakland, California, who feels deeply the value and vulnerability of everyone's life but her own. At home, her room is perpetually violated by her mother's partying visitors, and her work in illegal poster distribution puts her in nightly danger of attack. At school, she is unable to make any progress on her 35 mm photography project. Instead, armed with charming savvy and a Polaroid camera, Pica tirelessly documents the existence of young black men, whom she believes to be an endangered species.

Along the way, she snaps a photo of Tobi, a young black woman, disguised as a man, who is running from a violent boyfriend. Tobi discovers that her assumed gender gives her new strength and freedom of movement ...

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Rated R for language






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17 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Oakland, California, USA

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DRYLONGSO by Cauleen Smith
26 April 2011 | by william-cordova-1See all my reviews

Don't run to your closest bankrupt Blockbuster video store or any video outlet in your vicinity. Instead, search for Drylongso, a hard to find but really powerful film Directed and Produced by Cauleen Smith (1998) online. Drylongso is a coming of age film that arrests the viewers attention within the first 5 seconds. The film is driven by an over arching narrative that has more sub plot's going in and out all at once. A conscious young woman balancing school, family, friends, relationships and herself. This has to be one of the only films to focus accurately on a visual artist minus the many grossly inaccurate films about artists such as Basquiat (1996) by Julian Schabel or Pollock, Frida, Lust for Life etc. Maybe Downtown 81 by Glenn O'Brien (1981) or Wild Style by Charlie Ahearn (1983) come close to real representations of a visual artist everyday life. Drylongso relies heavy on good acting and great character development and intense moments that reflect actual people and places minus the romanticizing. I don't believe that Salim Akil actually wrote or produced this feature and suggest IMDb verify this for future references. Drylongso is a learning tool for young women and men and it's also a great film marginalized like Killer of Sheep (1977) by Charles Burnett, Born in Flames (1983) by Lizzie Borden and Dark Matters (2010) by Monique Walton. Films that most people have unfortunately never heard or seen. I suggest anyone really go on Netflicks or where ever we find good films these days and watch this diamond in the rough.

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