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The Black Candle (2008)

A documentary about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture, using Kwanzaa as a vehicle to celebrate the African-American experience. The seven ... See full summary »


M.K. Asante (as M.K. Asante Jr.)


Maya Angelou (poetry written by), M.K. Asante (as M.K. Asante Jr.)


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Credited cast:
Maya Angelou ... Narrator
Molefi Kete Asante Molefi Kete Asante ... Himself
Jim Brown ... Himself
Chuck D ... Himself
Lovensky Jean-Baptiste ... Himself
Maulana Karenga Maulana Karenga ... Himself
Haki R. Madhubuti Haki R. Madhubuti ... Himself
Theodore Perkins ... Himself
Dead Prez Dead Prez ... Themselves
Synthia Saint James Synthia Saint James ... Herself (as Synthia James)


A documentary about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture, using Kwanzaa as a vehicle to celebrate the African-American experience. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith) are so important to African-Americans today. The documentary explores the holiday's growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants. Written by June Thomas

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kinara | kwanzaa | color in title | See All (3) »





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Release Date:

4 January 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kwanzaa See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Asante Filmworx See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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The Black Candle is the first feature film on Kwanzaa. See more »


Followed by Motherland (2010) See more »

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The Benchmark has been sustained
15 August 2009 | by ocaciaSee all my reviews

Now we all Loved 500 Years Later. And this film coming from the producer has again sustained the quality necessary for African American documentary cinema. You know this film has the quality and sincerity of African people. It presents Africans in a positive light, just like 500 years later. And it is a shame that we had to wait so long for a film about Kwanzaa -- come on people. So between Asante and Shahadah they seem to be making up for lost films.

In one hand, most Africans claim to recognize the plethora of negative images, which for centuries have been perpetuated by Europe, in books, films, news, universities, against Africa. It is voiced that Africa must do for self and African people must be agents of their own stories and controllers of their own images, like everyone else. If all of these things are true then what is the global African responsibility in actually building these tangible things so that they inhabit reality?

Cant wait to see Motherland. I hope films like these keep coming and African documentary cinema continues to push new aesthetic boundaries

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