Black Is. Black Ain't movie trailer - starring Angela Davis, Essex Hemphill, Bill T. Jones. Directed by Marlon Riggs. Genre: Documentary
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Outstanding chronicle of one of America's most controversial black leaders, assassinated in 1965. Washington's portrayal is incredible!
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"Black Is... Black Ain't" is an unabashedly frank and honest- and at times humorous- look at black identity in America. In his final project before losing his battle with AIDS, acclaimed director Marlon Riggs challenges the traditional definition of blackness while issuing a ringing call to African-Americans to celebrate diversity within the community so that the dream of unity can be achieved. A powerful and intelligent critique of racism, sexism, and homophobia, the film trains a bright spotlight on the exclusiveness and rigidity of the black institutions of family, church, and community. Incisive storytelling and commentary from prominent black intellectuals, including Angela Davis, bell hooks, and Cornel West, as well as Riggs' own hospital bed insights stir provocative debate and add reinforcement to Riggs' bold vision for a humanity that embraces all people. Likening black America to a batch of his grandmother's gumbo, a stew with "just a little bit of everything in it," Riggs explodes the myth that black America is monolithic.
Filmmaker Spike Lee, star Denzel Washington (the New York, Boston and Chicago Film Critics' choice as 1992's Best Actor) and other talents vividly portray the life and times of the visionary leader. "One of the decade's best and most important films." (Arch Campbell, WRC-TV/Washington D.C.) One of the most charismatic and politically controversial voices in history, Malcolm X burst into the public consciousness with a radical perspective on race relations in America. His inspiring and enlightening ideologies touched and continue to influence the lives of millions. The New York Film Critic's Circle awarded Denzel Washington Best Actor for his role in what Newsday calls "an extraordinary movie...powerful and compelling. Denzel Washington's performance is a tour de force!"
Film legend and Academy Award-nominee James Earl Jones ("Clear and Present Danger," "The Lion King") narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources, including speeches, newsreels, film clips and new footage provided by his friends and acquaintances.
Filmmaker Spike Lee, star Denzel Washington and other talents vividly portray the life and times of the visionary leader.
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