She would’ve been 80 today. Celebrate her life.
Nina Simone Live (1961-1962) <- includes rare performances
Nina Simone - The Great Show (Live in Paris, 1968) <- audio only
Nina Simone Live at Olympia (1969) <- low audio
This film is just…
Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women.
Since his incarceration in 1982 for allegedly shooting a Philadelphia policeman to death, Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal awaited execution on Death Row (until 2011), protesting his innocence. Currently an author of five books and an on-air personality who broadcasts over the phone from prison, Abu-Jamal carries the support of no less than Nelson Mandela and the administrators of Amnesty International, who believe in and fervently argue his innocence.
This documentary witnesses William Francome, a British man who was born on the same day as the shooting, traveling to the prison where Abu-Jamal is held to investigate the details of the case. Francome learns about the initial events of that terrible night that led to Abu-Jamal’s arrest and conviction, the allegations that the trial itself was unfair, and the city where it all happened - and investigating the moral and ethical dilemmas that have turned Abu-Jamal into a touchstone for the global crusade against capital punishment. Participants in this documentary are Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, and Alice Walker to name a few.
Would anyone miss you?
Nobody noticed when Joyce Vicent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on.
Newspaper reports offered few details of her life—not even a photograph. Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait on London in the eighties—the city, music and race.
BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez focuses on the life of the 77-year-old poet (born Wilsonia Benita Driver)- her emergence as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, to civil rights activism, women’s liberation as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word.
The film was selected as 1 of 27 feature-length documentaries that will receive $490,000 in grant money from the Sundance Institute’s 2012 Documentary Film Program and Fund.
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Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. “Marley” is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.