Afro Samurai avenged his father and found a life of peace. But the legendary master is forced back into the game by a beautiful and deadly woman from his past. The sparks of violence dropped along Afro’s bloody path now burn out of control – and nowhere are the flames of hatred more intense than in the eyes of Sio.
Hiroshi Tanaka (Shota Matsuda) sports an intense perm which looks like the afro hairstyle favored by some African-Americans back in the 1970's. He doesn't get his hair done at a hair shop, he was actually born with his hair like that. For freedom, Hiroshi moves to Tokyo. He works hard there and, even though he turns 24, he still doesn't have a girlfriend. Meanwhile, a school friend informs Hiroshi that he is going to get married. Hiroshi remembers a promise that they made. Hiroshi is even more impatient to find a girlfriend. A beautiful woman named Aya Kato (Nozomi Sasaki) then moves into the neighborhood.
TV producer Pierre Delacroix becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea. Hoping to get fired, Delacroix pitches the worst idea he can think of: a 21st century minstrel show. The network not only airs it, but it becomes a smash hit.
Original pilot for the "Afro Samurai" TV series, directed and animated by Takeshi Koike before anime studio Gonzo took on the production of the final product four years later.
This film, which many may assume is a historical punk documentary, actually is an honest and needed treatment of race and identity. Punk and Hardcore music is simply the microcosm in which it is told. First time Director, James Spooner, in telling this story, has opened new dialogues on these crucial subject both intra and interracially. Many times funny, sometimes sobering, a wake up call to America. An examination of the duality of racial identity that DuBois called "double consciousness." What could have been "The Bad Brains Story" is a story about kids, alienated by two cultures and two communities. Many of these punk and hardcore kids have never questioned their role in the punk scene or the black community until their interviews, and it's obvious as they struggle on camera to reconcile a fragmented self.
Afro Black is the coolest, dopest, toughest, roughest cat around and when it comes to dealers, slanders and bangers trying to mess up his community, he goes HAM on their jive turkey asses.
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A series of thirty-two trailers put together to illustrate the film industry's attitude to and packaging of African-American screen imagery.
AFRO PUNK GIRL is a dystopian Sci-Fi drama set in a near future Britain, where Christmases are hot, nights are filled with violence and the government is replaced by a military leadership enforcing the "Happiness Agenda". Lil, a punk rocker meets Mr Dandy, an alcoholic rebel with an electronic voice box, who teaches her the importance of compassion.
This documentary, shot entirely on location in Havana, includes many band members' insights into this revival, and features performance footage of an All-Stars' concert at the city's Salon of Dreams.
Pete and Toshi Seeger, their son Daniel, and folklorist Bruce Jackson visited a Texas prison in Huntsville in March of 1966 and produced this rare document of of work songs by inmates of the Ellis Unit. Worksongs helped African American prisoners survive the grueling work demanded of them. With mechanization and integration, worksongs like these died out shortly after this film was made.
On the surface, this collection of shorts by up-and-coming African American filmmakers arrived at a perfect time. The cutting-edge products of the New Black Cinema of the early '90s had disappeared, giving way to embarrassingly stereotypical, scatological fare such as Booty Call and Next Friday. This feature-packed compilation (which includes production notes, interviews with all of the filmmakers, and audio commentary by four) attempts to prove that African American cinema is intent on moving past the lowbrow humor, as six of the seven shorts steer clear of any comedy. Featuring: The Gift, directed by Tanya Boyd; Hip-Hop: The New World Order, directed by Muhammida El Muhaijr; Kings, directed by Niva Dorell; Breakfast at Ben's, directed by Chuck Wilson; A Gut Feeling, directed by Lee Davis; Breakdown, directed by Jeff Byrd; true., directed by Charles Stone III
A story about life and problems of eleven years old boy Michal.
16th July 1969: America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a ragtag group of Zambian exiles is trying to beat America to the Moon.
Combines animation and documentary footage to illustrate the origins and impact of the musical genres Bomba and Plena in Puerto Rican culture.
What is it like to be a black person in Germany? And what needs to change? DW's Jana Pareigis traveled across the country and met other black people living in Germany, including the artist Robin Rhose, and the rapper Samy Deluxe.
A compilation of some of the best Black Action films of the 70s! Hosted by Mr. Dolemite himself... RUDY RAY MOORE!
The tale of a black samurai in futuristic, yet feudal Japan who is on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father.