Category archives: Documentaries

  • Who Am I

  • Who Am I Working with two primary schools in Nairobi and Mombasa, directors Wanuri Kahiu and Nick Reding intimately explore issues surrounding national identity. Using games and interviews the filmmakers ask 8-11 year olds what they understand about discrimination, tribe and religion, and how, when they are discriminated themselves, do they feel about their own identity. Inspired by Jane Elli[...]
  • ’63 Boycott

  • 63 Boycott Teaser from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo. In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Unseen 16mm footage of the boycott is combined with insights from the original participants and present-day protesters against school closings. ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations t[...]
  • Rebirth is Necessary

  • This film explores the magic and dynamism of Blackness in a realm where time and space are altered. The now, the past & the future are rethought and reordered to create something soulful and mind bendingly visceral. Unfolding through the gaze of Jenn Nkiru, it is an audio – visual feast which pulls on broad yet unique sound and visual references to push the story forward. The soundtrack fe[...]
  • TIGERNUT

  • (Homeland of the Wholehearted Women) A worldwide trade war has broken out over the control and distribution of the new healthy Super Food, tiger nuts, which will soon be a part of all healthy diets. An investigation uncovers a plot of international corruption and abuses around the production of tiger nuts by European and American companies exploiting African resources. “Tigernut” shows the enc[...]
  • Robert Mims – The Texan bull rider

  • This film is a portrait of Robert Mims, who after forty three years riding bulls is approaching retirement. Robert, one of the few competing black Texan riders, has become legendary in this tight knit community. In his more than four decades of dominating the chute, Robert has seen many of his fellow riders rise, fall and pick themselves up to ride again. “The world is changing, you either[...]
  • Out From Smoke & Ash

  • In 1921, the Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood was one of the most affluent all-black communities in America. Known as the “Black Wall Street,” it covered 40 square blocks and boasted more than 600 businesses and 15,000 residents which was demolished, scores killed, and thousands left homeless. This is the retailing of this story through a mix of mediums and performances as well as spo[...]
  • Under Four Trees

  • This is the true story of Nomusa Zikhali and the Nkomo Primary School in rural South Africa. Mrs. Zikhali takes us on her journey as she builds the school from the ground up. We watch her develop into an empowered and motivating woman, a leader. 0:54:28 Documentaries USA John Simpson
  • Breaking Down Barriers: The C.R. Roberts Story

  • Is a very timely story about C.R. Roberts, a civil rights pioneer who was born in Mississippi in 1936 and grew up in Oceanside, California prior to attending the University of Southern California in the 1950s. This documentary explores the beginning of the civil rights movement through the viewpoint of a little known civil rights pioneer, who continues to bring people of all colors and rac[...]