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 Devil’s Disciple (1959)

The Devil’s Disciple (1959) George Bernard Shaw’s take on the American Revolution, with the wit to prove there’s no difference between a Puritan minister (Burt Lancaster) and a revolutionary apostate (Kirk Douglas). Pity the poor wife (Janette Scott) who must choose between them. “Martyrdom,” quips “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne (Laurence Olivier), “it is where one achieves … More The Devil’s Disciple (1959)

Bulworth (1998)

  Bulworth (1998) In a despondent moment, Democratic Senator Bulworth (Warren Beatty) makes a deal with the Insurance Lobby for a ten million dollar policy and then hires an assassin to kill himself. Along the way, from lack of sleep and food, he become delirious and begins to tell large crowds the truth about the … More Bulworth (1998)

Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

  Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) Darrell Roodt, a South African director, brings James Earl Jones and Richard Harris together in this very faithful adaptation of Alan Paton’s groundbreaking novel against apartheid. This stunning narrative, that addresses issues of social injustice and capital punishment, has been adapted into several films and plays, most notably Maxwell … More Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998)

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998) Michael Apted directs Walter Mosley’s adaptation of his own novel, with Laurence Fishburne as Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con convicted for murder, who wants to set his life straight in Watts.   One day at a time, picking up cans For recycled change, a recycled con Looking for any job he … More Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1998)

Modern Slavery

    Modern Slavery   The conquered were not citizens, Livia Drusilla knew, so her Roman etiquette was attended by invisible hands whose bodies sometimes came into view when their assistance became indispensable.   The more familiar the help, the more likely servitude could acquire a personal name, especially as being of service became a … More Modern Slavery

White Privilege

White Privilege White flares singe and blind             Eyes that stare too long at the sun. The pink and fair-skinned streak Their faces with white paint.   Resentment and grudges Fuel the rage whose cinders Smolder across generations And take down massive forests.   White is the evisceration Of colors, … More White Privilege