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Black American Documentary Films in Streaming: Family Life/Parenting

Family Life/Parenting

Big Mama
"Winner of an Academy Award in the Documentary Short category, Big Mama depicts a devoted grandmother's struggle to raise her orphaned grandson under the watchful eye of a complex and difficult social welfare system. Big Mama follows 18 months in the lives of Viola Dees, an African American grandmother, and Walter, her grandson, as she tries to raise him alone in South Central Los Angeles.,,,"

The Black Fatherhood Project
"...filmmaker Jordan Thierry leads viewers through an honest and essential exploration of fatherhood in Black America, providing historical context and conversation for an issue at the core of the Black experience today. Nationwide, 67 percent of Black children live in single-parent families, predominantly with their mother, a ratio that has tripled since the 1960's. In the first half of the film, Thierry begins by telling his own family story, then with the help of historians and others, traces the roots of the fatherless Black home, revealing a history much more complex and profound than is commonly known. "

Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage
"... a ground-breaking new documentary designed to challenge the negative stereotypes surrounding marriage and parenting in the black community."

In Search of Our Fathers
"African-American filmmaker Marco Williams was twenty-four years old the first time he learned his father's name. He had been raised in a closely knit family where for generations, strong, husbandless mothers were the norm and fathers promptly disappeared. This film documents Marco's seven-year search for the elusive father he never knew and his coming to terms with the truth of his origins. Ironically, this quest for his father actually brings him closer to his mother. It was her resourcefulness that enabled them both to improve their lives.."

Making Mothers
"Today the United States ranks 29th in the world for infant mortality rates, a shocking statistic given that we spend more on health care than any other nation. African American mothers in the Washington, D.C. area experience a disproportionate number of infant deaths, for example, since they live in medically underserved communities with a shortage of primary-care givers. Making Mothers profiles the Family Health and Birth Center (FHBC) in northeast D.C., which serves the area's primarily African American community and which is likewise staffed by African American health-care professionals....."




(Big Mama)