In 1962, openly gay Black entrepreneur Mackie Harris brought his vision of an LGBT-inclusive bar to life in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when he opened the Starlite Lounge. A community of friends, lovers, performers and activists--primarily people of color--quickly took shape around the bar. Its patrons found refuge and a place of celebration, while across the river another bar—the Stonewall Inn—became known as the nexus of the Gay Liberation movement.
Mothers of Bedford is a feature length documentary film that follows the struggles and joys of five women incarcerated at New York 's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. While trying to maintain strong relationships with heir children, nurture their children, and playing central roles in their lives. The women are supported by an innovative children's center that creates a space for positive change in the least likely settings. Take a journey and expand your definition of what it means to be a mother.
Directed by Marcel Camus
With Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, and Adhemer Feirrera da Silva as Death
Recreating the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice within the twentieth-century favelas of Brazil during the Rio de Janeiro carnival, this winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or is a vibrant tour de force. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning during the late 1960’s.
Before there was Beyonce…before Nicki Minaj…before even Lil’ Kim… there was Adina Howard, the soul singer who twenty years ago provided the highest level of female sexual independence, boldness and sex appeal to take the music landscape by storm.
In this new documentary, discover how her quick stardom, and independent spirit, affected the life of an R&B sensation unafraid to back down.
“The path to hell is filled with good intentions.”
Yusuf is a successful Muslim financial advisor that doesn’t compromise with things that will lower his self respect. His beloved wife, Anisa, is the strong, loving, and caring middle school teacher that’s the backbone of their family. But when he unexpectedly loses his job and cannot find another due to anti-Mulsim descrimination, Yusef keeps the company of a very unsavory Muslim, Dawood, who aids in lowering his morality and tests the faith of his marriage. Yusef must choose between losing himself for a lucrative job or keeping his morality and declining the job to return home to his beloved family.
A special poetry reading by writer Lisa Muhammad opens the film.
A stoner couple struggles to get by, get high, and get lost.
Lyle is a repo-man, an often perilous and/or heart breaking enterprise. His sole companion is his girlfriend Nina, an unemployed, capricious, dreamer. To dull the stress of their daily lives, they self-medicate with marijuana. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this dark comedy about addiction.