Special: Black Indie Film Wrap Up

| July 6, 2011 | 0 Comments


Here are a few movies that will be released in theaters and on DVD. They are all amazing movies, while they do not have the biggest budgets, the acting and storylines are fantastic. Take a look below:


This documentary, directed by Micheal Rapaport has gotten rave reviews from all the major media outlets; this is an in-depth look at the incomparable group A Tribe Called Quest. Members Q-tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi, have forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time. Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows the band to this day. He explores what’s next for, what many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap. This movie is guaranteed to make you a fan of the group if you aren’t already. Among other things the documentary focuses on the “good old days” of Hip Hop, when talent and passion were the only things that mattered.

Check out the website http://www.sonyclassics.com/beatsrhymesandlife/ for a release date in a theater near you!


This gripping documentary is a must-see, it is a true highlight of the failing education system in the United States. Directed by Madeleine Sackler, four Harlem children’s lives intersect at a high-stakes lottery; winning means access to a top education and a future. Losing means being trapped in some of the worst schools in the country.

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. Available on DVD now.


Viva Riva! is directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga who wanted to portray the African crime scene in way that has not been seen. He brings more than that to the screen with this bold and beautifully told story of lust, crime and survival.

Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC’s capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get hold of a secret cache – barrels of fuel they can sell for a huge profit. Of course they’re not the only ones who want the stuff. Cesar is a ruthless, sharply dressed foreigner thriving in Kinshasa’s lawless streets. A female military officer joins the fray. Even the church will betray its tenets for a piece of the action. But Riva’s main nemesis is Azor, a crime boss in the classic style: big, decadent and brutal. He’s not a man to mess with, but his girlfriend, Nora, may just be the most seductive woman in all of DRC. Riva catches sight of her dancing at a nightclub and it’s not long before Nora matches the fuel cache as a coveted object of his lust. Viva Riva! Is available on DVD September 26th, 2011.

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