Films by Title: "D"
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D.W. Griffith Prologue (1930) - Walter Huston interviews D.W. Griffith about his experiences as a child that inspired Birth of a Nation (1915). Documentary, 6 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
Daffy Doc (1938) - On Cartoon Collection III. Children, 6 min., VHS, dir: Robert Clampett.
Dakan (1997) - This highly controversial film by director Mohamed Camara follows Manga and Sori, two 20-year-old men in Guinea who fall in love and struggle with the subsequent outraged reactions of their parents and society. The film first dealt with a withdrawal of governmental funding, then faced large protests aimed at halting production of the film. The first movie dealing with homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa, Dakan became an immediate landmark in African cinema. Drama, 87 min., DVD, dir: Mohamed Camara.
Dance in America: Dance Theatre of Harlem (1977) - Originally aired by KCET, Los Angeles, on March 23, 1977 as part of the Dance in America series for Great Performances. Dances performed include: "Forces of Rhythm," "Bugaku," "The Beloved," "Holberg Suite," and "Dougla." Documentary, 59 min., 16mm, dir: Merrill Brockway.
Dance with Me (1998) - Ruby (Vanessa L. Williams) is forced to balance her growing feelings for Rafael (Chayanne) and her desire to regain her standing as an international ballroom dancing champion. Drama, 126 min., VHS, dir: Randa Haines.
Dancehall Queen (1997) - Her safety threatened by local thug Priest (Paul Campbell) and her daughter Tanya (Cherine Anderson) and fending off advances from the lecherous Uncle Larry (Carl Davis), working mother Marcia (Audrey Reid) sees a dancehall contest as a way out of a Kingston ghetto - and to turn her adversaries against each other. Generally lauded for its gritty, unflinching portrayal of Jamaican ghetto life, the film eventually surpassed The Harder They Come (1972) as the island's highest-grossing movie. Drama, 98 min., DVD, dir: Rick Elgood & Don Letts.
Dancing Darkey Boy (1897) - Produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company. Documentary, 20 sec., VHS, dir: n/a.
Dancing in the Light (2007) - Showcases 6 dances choreographed by African-Americans. All six were orginially recorded for the Free to Dance series, which aired on PBS in 2001. Musical Performance, 57 min., DVD, dir: Madison D. Lacy.
Daratt (2006) - Chad, 2006. The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals. Atim, 16 years old, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill the man who killed his father. Atim finds the man, Nassara, who killed his father, and learns that he has a family and owns a bakery. Atim gets closer to Nassara by becoming an apprentice baker, which he thinks will make it easier for him to kill Nassara. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
Daresalam (2000) - In Africa's first feature film addressing the civil wars wracking the continent, friends Djimi (Haikal Zakaria) and Koni (Abdoulaye Ahmat) join a rebel group fighting an authoritarian government bent on overtaxing the populace in the fictional country of Daresalam. Eventually, Koni joins a splinter group willing to compromise with the government, while Djimi maintains his allegiances to the revolutionary hard-liners. Director Serge Coelo was perhaps inspired by the fighting in his native Chad. Drama, 104 min., DVD, dir: Issa Serge Coelo.
Dark Manhattan (1937) - The film is about the numbers racket in Harlem and the rise of Curly Thorpe (Ralph Cooper) to a position of eminence. His downfall comes at the end as he is assassinated in a street by his former associates. Ironically, he dies in a church. (Church on Central Avenue, sequence missing.) Everett G. Brown is uncredited as "Numbers Banker." Drama, 77 min., VHS, dir: Harry L. Fraser.
Dark Valley (1961) - Three miners are trapped and have to face their mortality. Two of the men are the mine owner and his belligerent son (Tom Hunter and Donald Hylan) and the other is a religious man (Robert Hill - later known as Robert Kya-Hill). Drama, 37 min., DVD, dir: Robert O'Donnell.
Date with Duke (1946) - Duke Ellington plays his composition, "Perfume Suite," in this George Pal animated puppetoon. Musical, 8 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: George Pal.
Daughters of the Dust (1991) - From their Sea Island home, matriarch Nana Peazant (Cora Lee Day) has taught her family the cultural values of their African heritage, but fears these values will be lost when the family migrates North to the mainland. The pregnancy of Eula Peazant (Alva Rodgers) leaves her husband Eli (Anderson) in turmoil as to his relationship to the unborn child (Kai-Lynne Warren). The return of Yellow Mary (Barbara O) from the mainland with her friend Trula (Trula Hoosier) leads to additional family tensions. Arthur Jaffa is the cinematographer. The film was awarded Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. Drama, 113 min., 35mm, VHS, DVD, dir: Julie Dash.
Day of the Crow's Call (1986) - Veteran actor Joel Fluellen delivers a poignant portrayal of an old man who is spooked when he hears a crow's call while interweaving superstitions as he gazes at the African statue on his table. Drama, 5 min., VHS, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) - As modern society is consumed by zombie carnage, four desperate survivors barricade themselves inside a shopping mall to battle the flesh-eating hordes of the undead. Tom Savini created the landmark “gore” effects in this classic sequel to Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead. Special features include commentary by Romero, Savini, and AD Chris Romero, a Monroeville mall tour, and on-set home movies. Horror, 127 min. Blu-ray, dir. George A. Romero.
Day of the Dead (1985) - In the third film of the Romero undead saga (following Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead) a small group of scientists and sodiers have taken refuge in an underground missile silo where they struggle to control the flesh-eating horror that walks the earth above. Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato and Richard Liberty star in this cult classic that features “gore” makeup special effects by Tom Savini. Collector’s edition blue ray includes audio commentary with Romero and Savini, behind-the-scenes makeup special effects footage from Savini’s archive, a documentary World’s End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead, and trailers/ TV spots. Horror, 101 min. Blu-Ray, dir: George A. Romero.
Dead Man Out (1988) - Dr Alex Marsh (Danny Glover) is hired by the state to determine the sanity of Ben (Rubén Blades) who is on death row. When the state sets an execution date, Alex urges him to act as though he is insane. After Ben watches Calvin (Samuel L. Jackson), another prisoner die ignominiously, he decides, with his new found dignity, that he would rather try to escape. Val Ford plays a security guard. Drama, 87 min., VHS, dir: Richard Pearce.
Dead Presidents (1995) - Dead Presidents, a street term for dollar bills, tells the story of three Bronx-born men who return from Vietnam to a neighborhood ravaged by violence, drugs, and unemployment. Action, 119 min., VHS, dir: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes.
Dearfield: The Road Less Traveled (1995) - Stories of African Americans who migrated from the South to the West to find all-African American towns. One in particular, Dearfield, Colorado. Documentary, 30 min., DVD, dir: donnie l. betts.
Dear White People (2014) - An eclectic group of black students try to navigate college life in a predominantly white Ivy League school. After a sequence of events including a controversial student election, an out-of-control party, and the arrival of a reality TV producer, once-quiet Winchester University becomes a hotbed of conflict. Comedy, DVD,109 min. dir: Justin Simien.
Death Journey (1975) - Fred Williamson produces and directs himself as the infallible bodyguard, Jesse Crowder, protecting a witness on his way to trial via a train. His attempts at protection are somewhat muddied by a Mafia hit squad with orders to rub out Williamson's witness. Action, 78 min., DVD, dir: Fred Williamson.
Death of a Prophet: The Last Days of Malcolm X (1981) - This docudrama follows the last hours of Malcolm X (Morgan Freeman) by weaving documentary footage with dramatic reenactment. The film emphasizes the mysterious circumstances surrounding the assassination. Ossie Davis, Yuri Kochiyama, and Amiri Baraka discuss the impact Malcolm had on their lives. Drama, 70 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Woodie King, Jr.
Death Ray [aka The Sky Racket] (1935) - Betrothed Marion (Joan Barclay) runs away before the wedding and her fiance Count Barski (Duncan Renaldo) tracks her escape. Jenny (Hattie McDaniel) is her handmaid. Drama, 52 min., VHS, dir: Sam Katzman.
Deathly Realities (1985) - Mysterious murders are reported on the TV news. The murderer watches the news and pinpoints the anchor as his next victim. He attacks her in her home, but she kills him in self-defense. The murderer, a man named Hubert, is met in the "afterlife" by his victims who attack him. Horror, 24 min., DVD, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Decks Ran Red, The (1958) - Story of a mutiny on an American freighter in the Pacific, with Dorothy Dandrige playing the flirtatious female. Drama, 92 min., 16mm, dir: Andrew L. Stone.
Deep Cover (1992) - Police detective Russell Stevens (Laurence Fishburne) goes undercover to bring down a major drug supplier with the help of a drug dealing attorney (Jeff Goldblum). Glynn Turman plays Russell's junkie father who comes to a bad end, as does Clarence Williams III who plays Ken Taft, a sympathetic cop. Victoria Dillard plays Betty McCutcheon; Roger Guenveur Smith appears as Eddie. Drama, 112 min., VHS, dir: Bill Duke.
Deep Impact (1998) - Morgan Freeman plays President Tom Beck in this sci-fi drama about a comet headed to Earth. When a mission to destroy the comet fails and humanity is marked for extinction, Beck announces a lottery system that will select 800,000 average Americans to survive in underground caves with 200,000 doctors, artists and soldiers. Action, 121 min., DVD, dir: Mimi Leder.
Deep North, The (1988) - Three groups discuss problems of racial and ethnic prejudice in their New York communities. Documentary, 48 min., VHS, dir: William Greaves.
Def by Temptation (1990) - Joel (James Bond) is a Divinity student who is beguiled by a sultry temptress (Cynthia Bond) of "devilish" origins. Moore plays Madame Sonja, a fortune teller. Jackson plays Minister Garth. Horror, 95 min., DVD, dir: James Bond III.
Defiant Ones, The (1958) - Two escaped convicts from a Southern prison farm, one white and one black, find themselves shackled together in their bid for freedom. Racial hostilities attenuate when they are both faced with the challenge to survive. Drama, 97 min., 16mm, VHS, DVD, dir: Stanley Kramer.
Delmas - the passion...the pain (2004) - In 1985 22 anti-apartheid activists went on trial for treason and faced a possible death sentence for their efforts to force racial equality in South Africa. The legal proceedings lasted three and a half years, a grueling eternity for those who lived it. This documentary, directed by Kevin Harris, follows the build-up to the trial, including the eruption of violent protests in several townships, as well as the political developments that served as a backdrop for Delmas. Documentary, 52 min., VHS, dir: Kevin Harris.
Delta Force Commando/ Deadly Impact/ Mean Johnny Barrows (1988, 1984, 1975) - A Fred “The Hammer” Williamson triple-feature: Williamson stars in his directorial debut, Mean Johnny Barrows, playing a Vietnam veteran who gets caught in a mob war with a couple of double-crossers (Jenny Sherman, Roddy McDowall). In Delta Force Commando, Captain Beck (Williamson) is assigned to hunt a group of Latin American Militants and recover the nuclear weapon they stole from the U.S. government. Deadly Impact follows two corrupt cops (Bo Svenson and Williamson), who learn about a valuable hacking program designed to rig casino slot machines, and want a piece for themselves. Action, DVD, dir: Frank Valenti; Larry Ludman; Fred Williamson.
Deluge [aka Ye Wonz Maibel] (1997) - For Ethiopian filmmaker Salem Mekuria, the disappearance of her brother - a critic of the military government that replaced the deposed Emperor Haile Selassie - was a haunting, life-changing experience. Using such an intensely personal narrative, Mekuria explores the effects of the regime on Ethiopia between 1974 and 1991. Screened at more than a dozen film festivals across the world, the documentary received honors at NBPC’s Prized Pieces and the Black Maria Film & Video Festival. Documentary, 62 min., DVD, dir: Salem Mekuria.
Denying Brazil (2000) - Director Joel Zito Araujo uses his own experiences and a large body of research to craft a documentary about the role of black actors in Brazilian soap operas, or telenovelas. The film analyzes the taboos, stereotypes and outright racism black actors face in the telenovela industry and explores how their roles affect race relations in the country. The film was screened at the 3 Continents Film Festival and the 2003 African Diaspora Film Festival. Documentary, 92 min., DVD, dir: Joel Zito Araujo.
Derek (2008) - Documentary about the life and work of independent painter, author, activist, and filmmaker Derek Jarman. Documentary, 76 min., DVD, dir: Isaac Julien.
Desert Ark, The (1997) - Romeo and Juliet in the Algerian desert. Amin and Myriam are secretly in love, and their families are rivals. They have taken refuge in a cave, and they can hear the cries of a raid to find them. Drama, 90 min., DVD, dir: Mohamed Chouikh.
Desperate Soul Part 1 (2008) - When a married couple have trouble conceiving a child, desperation results. First the woman is blamed, but it appears that both husband and wife are fertile. The wife becomes frustrated and leaves her husband in this unpredictable movie. Drama, 73 min., DVD, dir: Evans Orji and Iyke Nkwuenu.
Desperate Soul Part 2 (2008) - When a married couple have trouble conceiving a child, desperation results. First the woman is blamed, but it appears that both husband and wife are fertile. The wife becomes frustrated and leaves her husband in this unpredictable movie. Drama, 74 min., DVD, dir: Evans Orji and Iyke Nkwuenu.
Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (1964) - Adventures of a hired gunman, Antonio das Mortes. This film follows Antonio as he watches the demise of a common rural worker, Manuel, into a life of crime. Manuel joins the gang of Antonio's sworn enemy, Corisco the Blond Devil and the Pedra Bonita Massacre. Drama, 120 min., DVD, dir: Glauber Rocha.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) - Based on crime writer Walter Mosely's novel, Easy Rawlings (Denzel Washington), a World War II veteran, is caught up in a web of intrigue when he's hired to track down a mysterious beauty (Jennifer Beals) in a blue dress. Drama, 101 min., VHS, dir: Carl Franklin.
Devil's Daughter, The (1939) - Love and hate set in Jamaica with Nina Mae McKinney as a young woman who comes to the island to take over her father's plantation. Includes a voodoo ceremony. Drama, 65 min., VHS, dir: Arthur H. Leonard.
Dialogues of the Exiled (1975) - Shot in 1974, 'Dialogos de exiliados' chronicles the conversations of Chileans in Paris who resolutely hang onto their cultural identity while navigating life in another country. Director Raul Ruiz offers a provocative portrait of immigrants who struggle for jobs and a decent living but don't blend into the fabric of their new country, still living as though they were in Chile. Documentary, 105 min., DVD, dir: Raul Ruiz.
DiAna's Hair Ego (1990) - Former cosmetologist DiAna DiAna with her partner Dr. Bambi Sumpter take on the task of educating the black community of Columbia, South Carolina, the education and effects of AIDS. Documentary, 29 min., VHS, dir: Ellen Spiro.
Diary, The (2009) - Two life-long friends have their friendship tested by a new relationship. Drama, 135 min., DVD, dir: Harrison Arokor.
Diaspora Conversations: From Goree to Dogon (2000) - Director Manthia Diawara examines the impact of colonialism, cultural heritage and globalization have had on the African diaspora with this documentary. Diawara is joined by actor Danny Glover on a trip from Goree to Dogon in West Africa in which the two initiate conversations with local residents to tease out the lingering effects of a history that links people across the diaspora. Documentary, 47 min., VHS, dir: Manthia Diawara.
Different Image, A (1982) - The film focusses on a beautiful young black woman Alana (Margot Saxon-Federella), who insists on defining herself and her relationship with her friend Vincent (Michael Anderson). The film confronts the sexism of black men who have adopted western attitudes towards women as sex objects. Drama, 51 min., 16mm, 3/4", VHS, dir: Alile Sharon Larkin.
Different World, A: No Means No (1989) - This episode of the television sit-com A Different World focusing on date rape originally aired on March 30, 1989 (season 2, episode 20). Television Series, 24 min., VHS, dir: Debbie Allen.
Dignidad de los nadies, La (2005) - The socio-economic condition of Argentina leading up to the December 2001 rebellions, and the resulting chaos are analyzed by focusing on real people from Buenos Aires' shantytowns and farms fighting multi national banks that are appropriating their livelihoods. Documentary, 120 min., DVD, dir: Pino Solanas.
Directors, The: Spike Lee (2000) - This film profiles controversial director Spike Lee and features interviews with Wesley Snipes, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Some of his influential films, including Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), and Malcom X (1992) are also discussed. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Robert J. Emery.
Dirty Gertie from Harlem, U.S.A. (1946) - In this remake of Rain, Gertie La Rue (Francine Everette) and her troup arrive at the Paradise Hotel in Trinidad, West Indies, but Gertie is actually on the run from one of the men she has jilted. Larry does find her by the end of the film and shoots her because he loves her. Spencer Williams appears briefly as Old Hager, a fortune teller who foreshadows Gertie's demise. Drama, 65 min., DVD, dir: Spencer Williams, Jr..
Disco 9000 [aka Fass Black] (1977) - Club owner Fass Black (Johnnie Taylor) has everything--success and money--until a mobster tries to take it all away. Fass decides that no one is going to run his life and his business. Drama, 94 min., 16mm, dir: D'Urville Martin.
Disorderlies (1987) - Winslow needs money now to pay off gambling debts. If only his rich uncle Albert would die. But his orderlies are very good. Maybe by hiring three of the worst orderlies around, he can speed things up. Fortunately for him, he finds Markie, Buffy, and Kool (The Fat Boys), who have just been fired from their last job. With them around, he should have the money real soon. Comedy, 86 min., DVD, dir: Michael Schultz.
Displaced Person, The (1976) - Two black men are physically exploited by a widow on a farm in Andalusia, Georgia. They are sent away because one has a relationship with and wants to marry a young white woman. Drama, 58 min., VHS, dir: Glenn Jordan.
Distance Between Part 1 (2008) - Tells the story of two friends with vastly different ideas on the openness of sex. Drama, 64 min., DVD, dir: Izu Ojukwu.
Distance Between Part 2 (2008) - Tells the story of two friends with vastly different ideas on the openness of sex. Drama, 55 min., DVD, dir: Izu Ojukwu.
Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1985) - This is a fascinating look at the beliefs of Haitian Voodoo (or Voudoun) adherents, and explains the cosmology of this poorly understood religion. The "Divine Horsemen" are the gods (Loas) of voodoo. The nature of each Loa is explained, together with footage of rituals and signs dedicated to it. Documentary, 52 min., DVD, dir: Maya Deren.
Divot Diggers (1936) - Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
Django Unchained (2013) - In Quentin Tarantino’s homage to the Blaxploitation revenge western, Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave who teams up with bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christolph Waltz) to seek out the South’s most wanted criminals with the promise of Django’s freedom. Django’s one goal is to find and rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) who he lost to the slave trade. Their search leads them to Mississippi’s most infamous plantation “Candieland,” named after its brutal proprietor, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Samuel L. Jackson appears as Candie’s loyal house slave. Drama, 166 min., DVD, dir: Quentin Tarantino.
DL Chronicles, The (2005) - Four short stories about African American men on the downlow. Drama, 132 min., DVD, dir: Quincy Lenear and Deondray Gossett.
Do the Right Thing (1989) - The film traces a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. On the hottest day of the year, the lives of the residents: Mookie (Spike Lee) a delivery man for Sal's (Danny Aiello) pizzeria; da Mayor (Ossie Davis); Radio Rayheem (Bill Nunn); Mister Senor Love Daddy (Samuel L. Jackson); and Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) will change forever. Drama, 120 min., DVD, dir: Spike Lee.
Do Your Job Right with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1984) - Weird Harold gets a job at the local ice cream parlor and takes his duties and responsibilities seriously. However some of the gang members don't share his sense of responsibility and expect him to give them free ice cream. Children, 15 min., 16mm, dir: Scheimer.
Doce Sillas, Las (1962) - In the wake of revolution, a woman hides her treasures in her twelve dining room chairs. After her death, a nephew is left to hunt for each chair. Comedy, 97 min., DVD, dir: Tomas Gutierrez Alea.
Dog Heaven (1927) - Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert A. McGowan.
Dogs is Dogs (1931) - Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
Dolemite (1975) - Rudy Ray Moore is Dolemite in this action adventure. When drugs kill Dolemite's nephew, Dolemite seeks revenge on the local drug dealers. Action, 91 min., VHS, dir: D'Urville Martin.
Dolly Back (1986) - An avant garde look at film-making. A series of films within films; actors appear on a beach to have their scene cut. They then take a break, their break is actually a scene in another movie. The other movie actors take a break, the process repeats several times, with increasingly large casts. The film ends with an interview of the director. Documentary, 10 min., DVD, dir: Juan Carlos Tabio.
Don't Call Me Stupid (1983) - This film documents the struggles of the large number of Canadian adults who are functionally illiterate, focusing on a group of women attending an educational program in Toronto. Drama, 28 min., 16mm, dir: Kit Hood.
Don't Leave Out the Cowboys (1988) - This film is dedicated to recognizing and remembering the history of the black cowboy of the American West through historical dates, images and stories. Documentary, 22 min., VHS, dir: Tumani Onabiyi and Andy McGuire.
Don't Play Us Cheap (1973) - A film version of Melvin Van Peebles' Broadway play. This is a story of two imps who try to break up a Saturday night party in Harlem. Filmed on location in New Mexico. Musical, 97 min., VHS, dir: Melvin Van Peebles.
Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost (1996) - Documents the ground-breaking and brief career of actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge. Dandridge was the first African American woman to be nominated for an Academy for Best Actress. Includes archival footage of film appearances and interviews with Diahanne Carroll, Donald Bogle, Geraldine Branton and the Nicholas brothers. Documentary, 46 min., VHS, dir: n/a.
Dorothy Dandridge: Singing at Her Best (2006) - Clips of Dorothy Dandridge singing in films and trailers for films. Musical, 60 min., DVD, dir: Obba Babatundé.
Double Deal (1939) - A gangster, played by Edward Thompson, double deals his boss (Maceo Sheffield) and tries to put the blame on a rival (Freddie Jackson) for his girlfriend's (Jeni LeGon) affections. He is double crossed by Jeni and ends up on the wrong end of a policeman's gun. Drama, 60 min., VHS, dir: Arthur Dreifus.
Double Dutch Jump Roping (2002) - A sidewalk game becomes a riveting sports event when a group of young girls compete in a double dutch jump-roping contest. Black Magic is a heartwarming story about four black girls from inner-city Hartford, CT, who excel at jump-roping. The team, Black Magic, was one of the greatest double dutch teams ever. The Special shows the intricacies of competition and their attempt to try to beat their own world record for fastest speed. Documentary, 51 min., DVD, dir: David Hoffman.
Down in the Delta (1998) - Based on the novel by Myron Goble, Loretta Sinclair (Alfre Woodard), her mother Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice) and her two children live within the pit of despair known as inner-city Chicago. As Loretta plunges into alcohol and despair because she cannot find work, Rosa sends her daughter to the Mississppi delta for the summer to visit relatives Earl (Al Freeman, Jr.) and Annie (Esther Rolle). There, Rosa hopes Loretta will discover herself and begin to understand the importance of living life. Drama, 112 min., DVD, dir: Maya Angelou.
Down on the Levee (1933) - Short on Animated Ethnic Stereotypes. Children, 5 min., VHS, dir: Frank Moser.
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) - A mild mannered doctor creates a formula for liver problems, but an after effect of the medication involves a transformation. He turns into a white-skinned killer with super strength that preys on the outcasts of society. Horror, 88 min., 16mm, DVD, dir: William Crain.
Dr. Dolittle (1998) - Eddie Murphy stars as Dr. John Dolittle in this remake of the classic doctor who talks with the animals. Ossie Davis is Archer Dolittle; Kristen Wilson is Lisa; Raven-Simone and Kyla Pratt are his daughters. Comedy, 85 min., VHS, dir: Betty Thomas.
Dr. No (1962) - James Bond (Sean Connery) travels to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow British agent. This leads him to the villain, Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), who is attempting to take over the world from his secret island lair. John Kitzenmiller plays Quarrel, Bond's contact in Jamaica. Action, 110 min., VHS, dir: Terence Young.
Dragao da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro, O (1969) - This is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio das Mortes killed Corisco (the "Blond Devil"). Antonio's life has been meaningless for the past 29 years without the bandits (Cangaceiros) to exterminate. Now, there is a new threat and Antonio is happy to have meaning again, but finds that this new Cangaceiro, Coirana, is not who he thought he was. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Glauber Rocha.
Dreadlocks and the Three Bears (1991) - The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is told from an African American perspective in this short film written and produced by Alile Sharon Larkin. Children, 12 min., VHS, dir: Amandilo Cousin.
Dreamgirls (2006) - Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s. Musical, 130 min., DVD, dir: Bill Condon.
Dreams of Dust (2006) - A Nigerian peasant comes looking for work in Essakane, a dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, where he hopes to forget the past that haunts him.. Drama, 86 min., DVD, dir: Laurent Salgues.
Dreams of Obama (2009) - Charts the rise of Barack Obama from state senator to the presidency of the United States. Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: Michael Kirk.
Dreams of Passion (1989) - This short focuses on intimacy and desire between two African American lesbians. Drama, 5 min., 16mm, dir: Aarin Burch.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) - Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman) is hired by Miss Daisy's son (Dan Aykroyd) to drive for his aging mother after she wrecks the car. Colburn and Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) have a tense relationship at first, but eventually build the friendship of a lifetime. Esther Rolle plays the dedicated housekeeper. Drama, 99 min., VHS, dir: Bruce Beresford.
Drumline (2002) - Nick Cannon stars as Devon Miles, a gifted street drummer who snares the top spot in a southern university marching band- but quickly discovers that it takes more than talent to make it on the drumline. Also starring Zoe Saldana. Drama, 122 min., DVD, dir: Charles Stone III.
Dry White Season, A (1989) - The politics of apartheid are put into human terms in this film about a prominent white schoolteacher (Donald Sutherland) who is awakened to the reality of South African justice partly through his relationship with an underground activist (Zakes Mokae). Drama, 107 min., VHS, dir: Euzhan Palcy.
Drylongso (1998) - This film centers on the life of a young art student, Pica, who is doing the best she can with the little she has. Drama, 87 min., VHS, dir: Cauleen Smith.
Duel in the Sun (1946) - On a feudal Texas ranch two brothers fight over a "half-breed" Indian girl, and the railroad which wants to push across the ranch. Butterfly McQueen is Vashti in a poignant yet typical maid role. Western, 138 min., 16mm, dir: King Vidor.
Duke Ellington Story, The (1966) - This film displays Duke Ellington and his Orchestra in an early two-reeler, in concert on the French Riviera as well as the Good Year Jazz Show. Also included on the videocassette are clips from other Duke Ellington concerts (total video is 86 min). Music Performance, 25 min., VHS, dir: Bernard Rubin.
Duke is Tops, The (1938) - Musical romance with Lena Horne as Ethel, the successful performer who almost loses her man because his career as a producer is failing. They are reunited for the finale. Everett G. Brown is uncredited as the Sheriff. Also known as The Bronze Venus. Musical, 75 min., DVD, dir: William L. Nolte.
Dumbarton Bridge (1999) - This movie tells the story of a Vietnam veteran working in the south San Francisco Bay area who is fighting the demons of his past. His life is thrown into turmoil when his daughter who he left behind in Vietnam comes to find him in the US. Drama, 113 min., DVD, dir: Charles Koppelman.
Dust (1985) - Based on the Coetzee novel In the Heart of the Country, this film is the emotional study of a young woman who murders her father after he rapes the wife of his black forman. Drama, 88 min., DVD, dir: Marion Hänsel.
Dutchman (1966) - A middle class black man named Clay (Al Freeman, Jr.) is engaged in conversation with a white woman named Lula (Shirley Knight) on the subway. Lula questions, then attacks Clay's race and his right to middle class aspirations. Clay finally erupts in a passionate expression of black rage. Lula stabs Clay, killing him before moving on to another unsuspecting black man. Adapted from Amiri Baraka's play, the slightly expanded film version allegorically depicts black vulnerability to white treatment in America. Drama, 55 min., VHS, dir: Anthony Harvey.
Dynamite Chicken (1969) - The stand-up comedy act of Richard Pryor highlights this unorthodox look at the American Culture at the end of one of our nation's most tumultuous decades - the 1960's. Topics of interest includes sex, censorship, drugs, politics, Vietnam, etc. Music from Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King as well as a voice-over from Malcolm X's "Wit & Wisdom". Comedy, 75 min., VHS, dir: Ernest Pintoff.
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