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African-American Documentary Films on DVD in the Leavey Library: Family Life/Parenting

Family Life/Parenting

American Promise
"Spans thirteen years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School."

The Black Fatherhood Project
"..offers context and conversation in this honest exploration of fatherhood in Black America. Through a telling of his own story and interviews with historians, filmmaker Jordan Thierry traces the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a history much complex and profound than is often told. Putting that history into perspective is a dialogue among fathers discussing their experiences, inspirations, and insight on how communities can come together to ensure the power of a father's love is not lost on America's Black children"--Container.

"This documentary is a stirring portrait of a Chicago family from one of the worst Chicago housing projects, as they wrestle with violence, drugs, poverty, and illiteracy. Five years in the making, the Collins family's story begins with the death of the most promising of their members, 14-year-old Terrell, gunned down in the street after a minor argument. His death forces his cousin Nickole, her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother to reassess lives. After surviving for three generations on welfare, together they face up to their weaknesses, develop their own talents, and change their fortunes."

On My Own
" an eye-opening documentary that shatters the stigma of single motherhood. Sweeping through the black experience in America, On My Own's comprehensive attitude is a refreshing breeze that cools the heated, and often unproductive, discourse of black family life in America. Through conversations with single mothers, fathers, community leaders and family experts, the documentary offers another facade to the one-sided image of single motherhood."

Too Important to Fail
"In his primetime special, Tavis Smiley examines one of the most disturbing aspects of the education crisis facing America today - the increased dropout rate among black teenage males. This program examines the obstacles these boys confront and puts a very human face on the statistics. Taking his cameras to Philadelphia, Oakland, Chicago and Los Angeles, Tavis Smiley talks with boys who are achieving against enormous odds and the adults who refuse to let them fail."