La Noire de… [Black Girl] (1966)

  La Noire de… [Black Girl] (1966) Ousamane Sembène directs the elegant dressmaker Mbissine Thérèse Diop in what has come to be recognized as the first ”  Sub-Saharan African film by an African filmmaker to receive international attention.” Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo for best feature film, Sembène dramatizes the conflict between French colonialism … More La Noire de… [Black Girl] (1966)

The Hit (1984)

The Hit (1984) In a Mod Mob flic with Kerouac on-the-road improvisations, Stephen Frears explores the psychological breakdown of characters caught up in a botched kidnapping and killing. Terence Stamp plays Willie Parker, the snitch turned Zen angel in Spain, and John Hurt, as the world-weary hit man Braddock, has to contend with his apprentice … More The Hit (1984)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Liz Garbus made this stunning documentary about Nina Simone. It exposes the effect of American racial violence on this uniquely talented artist. Contains revelatory interviews with husband Andrew Stroud and daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, but it’s the accompanying footage of live performances that allows Miss Simone to leap off the … More What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)