Films by Title: "F"
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Faat Kine (2000) - Ousmane Sembene, considered the "Grandfather of African Cinema," depicts how Faat Kine (Venus Seye), a forty-year-old single mother of two children from two different fathers, and coeval with Senegalese independence, raises from a gas station attendant to a station manager for a powerful oil company despite all odds in a male-dominated society. Drama, 121 min., DVD, dir: Ousmane Sembene.
Faces of Women (1985) - Politically and stylistically adventurous film exploring the links between feminism, economics and tradition in modern-day Africa. In French with english subtitles. Comedy, 105 min., VHS, dir: Désiré Ecaré.
Facing Death... Facing Life (2000) - The film tells the story of Duma Khumalo who in 1984 was sentenced to death for his alleged participation together with five other men in a murder in Sharpeville, South Africa. The Sharpeville Six, as the accused became known, epitomized the corrupt apartheid system. Khumalo was given a stay of execution 15 hours before he was due to be hanged. Documentary, 52 min., VHS, dir: Ingrid Gavshon.
Family that Preys, The (2008) - Charlotte and Alice have been close friends for many years. As their children become involved in some scandalous acts, however, it affects their families. Charlotte and Alice decide to embark on a road trip in hopes of gaining some perspective and fixing their family problems. Drama, 109 min., DVD, dir: Tyler Perry.
Fannie Lou Hamer: Everyday Battle (1999) - The first video biography about civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer, this documentary reports intimate details of Hamer's tough early years in one of the poorest areas of the U.S. and her unexpected rise to national prominence, through her last years, often spent alone and ignored. This video also features Congressman John Lewis as he discusses this extraordinary woman. It also includes footage from Atlantic City speech. Documentary, 30 min., VHS, dir: Rex Barnett.
Far from Heaven (2002) - Cathy (Julianne Moore) and Frank Whitaker (Dennis Quaid) seem to be a happy family in suburban America in the 1950s until she discovers that her husband is intimately involved with a man. Cathy befriends Raymond Deagan (Dennis Haysbert), an African-American gardener, but Mona (Celia Weston), spreads gossip about this relationship. Moore won Best Actress at The Venice Film Festival, 2002 and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role. Drama, 107 min., VHS, dir: Todd Haynes.
Far from Home (2005) - Kandice, whose education has been the result of special busing to a Boston suburb, battles with the ideas of race and white priviledge in her school and in life as she debates her academic future. Documentary, 40 min., DVD, dir: Rachel Tsutsumi.
Faraw! Mother of the Dunes (1997) - This film shows the negative effects that European settlers have had upon native African peoples and their culture. The poorest woman of and impoverished village, who is struggling to survive and care for her children, chooses to work herself rather than gain money from selling her daughter to the French settlers who want to purchase her. Drama, 90 min., DVD, dir: Abdoulaye Ascofare.
Farm, The: Life Inside Angola Prison (1998) - Co-winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Oscar nominee, the film documents the lives of inmates imprisoned on this former slave plantation on the muddy banks of the Mississippi. Documentary, 88 min., VHS, dir: Jonathan Stack.
Fast Forward (1985) - Michael (Don Franklin), Francine (Cindy McGee), Valerie (Gretchen F. Palmer), Ruth (Monique Clinton), and Debbie (Debra Varnado) all leave a small town in the Midwest to find dance fame in New York. Musical, 110 min., VHS, dir: Sidney Poitier.
Fast Freight (1929) - Riding the rails with Pete, Farina meets a gang of kids who want to join him on his trip to California where he wants to be a street sweeper on streets paved with gold. Bees eventually chase them from the train, to a deserted house in some woods, where as night falls the kids think they're seeing ghosts. A policeman arrives to rescue them, but Farina goes back to the train--only this time he finds himself locked inside a car full of skeletons and cadavers heading for a medical school. Comedy, 15 min., 8mm, dir: Anthony Mack.
Fast-Walking (1982) - A plot is devised to kill Galliot (Robert Hooks), a prisoner who officials think will encourage other black prisoners to riot. Guards Miniver (James Woods) and Jackson (Charles Weldon) devise a counterplan which is unsuccessful. Many black actors are cast as prisoners, but have no speaking lines. Drama, 116 min., 16mm, dir: James B. Harris.
Fatal Beauty (1987) - Officer Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics cop investigating the trafficking of a drug called fatal beauty responsible for a string of overdoses. As Rizzoli is working on the case, she becomes friends with Mike Marhshak, the original owner of the drugs, as they pursue the drug hijackers. Action, crime, comedy, 104 min., Blu-Ray, dir: Tom Holland.
Fats Domino & Friends (1988) - A concert captured on film in which Fats Domino and his other musician friends perform at a night club in New Orleans. Music Performance, 60 min., VHS, dir: Len Dell'Amico.
Fats Waller Medley (1941) - Fats Waller performs "The Joint is Jumping", "Ain't Misbehavin'", and "Honeysuckle Rose" in this musical short. Music Performance, 9 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
Favela Rising (2005) - A man emerges from the slums of Rio to lead the nonviolent cultural movement known as Afro-reggae. Documentary, 82 min., DVD, dir: Matt Mochary & Jeff Zimbalist.
FBI's War on Black America (1990) - J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI were concerned over the threat to internal security from Black Americans and organized a campaign to discredit organizations and individuals. Documentary, 50 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Denis Mueller & Deb Ellis.
Fear and Favor in the Newsroom (1996) - Film examining the necessity of protecting freedom of the press through the investigation of who owns and influences newspapers and television stations. Documentary, 57 min., VHS, dir: Beth Sanders.
Fear of Disclosure (1989) - This documentary explores the issue of revealing one's HIV status to potential lovers in the gay community. Documentary, 5 min., VHS, dir: Phil Zwickler & David Wojnarowicz.
Fear of a Black Hat (1994) - Filmmaker Nina Blackburn (Kasi Lemmons) infiltrates Rap's most controversial and well-armed group. She follows NWH on their final tour as Ice Cold (Rusty Cundeiff), Tasty-Taste (Larry Scott) and Tone Def (Mark Lawrence) confront their biggest career challenges. Comedy, 88 min., DVD, dir: Rusty Cundieff.
Feed 'Em and Weep (1938) - Darla's dad wants to celebrate his birthday with a quiet dinner. The gang shows up and changes that plan. Comedy, 10 min., DVD, dir: Gordon Douglas.
Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon (1982) - This film focuses on the late Nigerian musician and activist and includes interviews with Fela himself and a few of his many wives as well as performances of some of his songs. Screened at the 2005 African Diaspora Film Festival. Documentary, 53 min., DVD, dir: Stephane Tchal-Gadjieff & Jean Jacques Flori.
Femme au couteau, La (The Woman with the Knife) (1969) - Film from Côte d'Ivoire about a young man who returns from Europe obsessed with his sexual inhibition. Drama, 90 min., DVD, Timite Bassori.
Femmes aux yeux ouverts (Women with Open Eyes) (1994) - The film portrays contemporary African women from four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, and Benin. A woman takes refuge in a convent from a forced marriage; a community health worker demonstrates how to use a condom; an activist discusses female circumcision; women entrepreneurs explain how they have organized their own mutual aid societies; and a Malian woman tells how women participate in the Malian revolution. The film's title contrasts an African quote that a woman "shouldn't have her eyes open." Documentary, 52 min., DVD, dir: Anne-Laure Folly.
Feux de Mansaré, Les (The Fire of Mansaré) (2009) - Senegalese feature film exploring a traditional practice where a boy tags a girl at birth for marriage in adulthood. When successful business man Mathias returns from abroad to claim his betrothed, Nathalie, he finds that she's in love with Mathias's childhood friend. When Nathalie runs away on her wedding day, Mathias resolves to find her. Drama, 80 min., DVD, dir: Mansour Sora Wade.
15 Avril (2012) - Drama produced in Burkina Faso. Hours after their marriage, a bride tells her husband that she loves another man and desires a divorce. The judge sets their appointment for April 15th. Drama, 96 min., DVD, Ibrahim Olukunga.
50th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Asante Kingdom, The (1985) - This documentary explores current events and the culture of Ghana. Documentary, 54 min., VHS, dir: Kobina Amonoo.
Fight, The (2004) - The film depicts the last thoughts of a black man (Steve Coulter) who prepares for his most important fight. The film is based on the case of Charles Stuart in Boston, who accused an innocent black man of having murdered his pregnant wife. Documentary, 90 min., DVD, dir: Barak Goodman.
- One Man's Property - The second episode of the BBC produced The Fight Against Slavery series traces the events leading up to the Somerset Case in 1772.
- Matter of Insurance - Episode three of the BBC produced The Fight Against Slavery series. British public opinion on slavery begins to change when a slave captain is brought to trial for murdering slaves to collect insurance.
- Tight Packers and Loose Packers - Episode four of the BBC produced series, The Fight Against Slavery, presents the heightening conflict between the abolitionists and the proponents of slave trade. William Wilberforce (David Collings) investigates and then brings the case of slavery to Parliament. >
- Grateful Peasantry - Episode five of the BBC produced series, The Fight Against Slavery. The great slavery debate in Parliament of 1792 is coverd in this installment. William Wilberforce (David Collings) is still hard at work trying to convince Parliament to outlaw slavery.
- Free Paper Come - Episode six of the BBC produced series, The Fight Against Slavery. This part outlines the 1831 slave insurrection in Jamaica led by Daddy Sharpe (Stanley Irons) and the emanicipation of the slaves in 1834. Drama, all 52 min., 16mm, dir: Christopher Ralling.
Fight for Your Life (1977) - Exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. Drama, 89 min., DVD, dir: Robert A. Endelson.
Fighters, The (1971) - The film chronicles the Ali - Frazier world championship heavyweight bout (the "Thrilla in Manilla"). Greaves formats his film through cross-cutting, characterizing Ali and Frazier as good-natured, solitary individuals at the hands of a white corporate machine which commercializes the fighters' every action. Documentary, 114 min., 16mm, dir: William Greaves.
Fighting the Silence: Sexual Violence against Women in the Congo (2007) - During the seven year war in Congo, over 80,000 women and girls were raped. After the war, rape continues to haunt the lives of these and other women. The film interviews many women who are open about their pain at being rape victims and second class citizens. Men discuss the pressure against remaining with women after they have been victimized and police officers explain why they think rape culture continues to flourish. Documentary, 53 min., DVD, dir: Femke Van Velzen and Ilse Van Velzen.
Film about Mikhail Kalatozov, A (2006) - Documentary about the filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov and his films including I Am Cuba. Documentary, 120 min., DVD, dir: N/A.
Films of Michael Sporn Volume 1, The (2003) - This DVD includes two films: Whitewash and Champagne. Whitewash is about two children being raised in the Bronx by their grandmother. They have harsh encounters with racism from a white gang and the film goes on to show the reaction of the community to this racism. Champagne is a true story (put into animation) that involves a young lady describing her upbringing since her mother's incarceration. Children, 57 min., DVD, dir: Michael Sporn.
Final Comedown, The (1972) - Black revolutionaries take action in the white suburbs. Action, 83 min., DVD, dir: Oscar Williams.
Financial AIDS (2007) - Short drama. A college couple must determine what to do with their future in the wake of infidelity and the possibility of AIDS. Drama, 20 min., DVD, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Finding Buck McHenry (2000) - The film is based on Alfred Slote's book of the same title. Jason Ross (Michael Schiffman) is a kid who loves baseball, but is not very good at it. Determined to succeed, he recruits two friends who play the game well, while his school's janitor, Mack Henry (Ossie Davis), becomes their coach. But Jason starts suspecting that Henry might be Buck McHenry, the legend of baseball's Negro League. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: Charles Burnett.
Finding Christa (1991) - James Hatch and Camille Billops document her personal story, an artist who leaves her three-year old daughter Christa Victoria at a children's home. Later, at the urging of her adoptive mother, Victoria, now a performing artist, seeks Billops out. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. Documentary, 55 min., VHS, dir: Camille Billops & James Hatch.
Finding Fela (2014) - Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. Fela created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. Documentary, 120 min, Blu-ray, dir: Alex Gibney.
Finian's Rainbow (1968) - The story deals with an Irishman who has buried his gold and a bigoted white Southern senator who is turned Black by Sharon's (Petula Clark) wish that he would understand the plight of the sharecropper. Musical, 141 min., VHS, dir: Francis Ford Coppola.
Finye (Der Wind = Le Vent = The Wind = El Viento) (1982) - In post-colonial Africa, a daughter of a prominent military governor falls in love with a university student. Both families object to their union and their active participation with the student strikes against the corrupt government. Drama, 101 min., DVD, dir: Souleymane Cisse.
Finzan (1990) - The traditions of a village are challenged by two women who protest female genitalia mutilation. Drama, 107 min., DVD, dir: Cheick Oumar Sissoko.
Fire Eyes: Female Circumcision (1994) - Filmmaker Soraya Mire exposes viewers to the ancient African tradition of female genital mutilation. Mire explores her own experience at age 13 and her struggles to recover from the physical and emotional pain. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: Soraya Mire.
Fire in Babylon (2010) - Documentary about the West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's. Documentary, 87 min., DVD, dir: Stevan Riley.
Fireball in the Night (1972) - Produced by BBC Films, this documentary gives an account of the plight of blacks in America, beginning with slavery through the end of the Civil War. Documentary, 52 min., 16mm, dir: Michael Gill.
First Grader, The (2010) - Based upon the true story of an elderly farmer and ex-Mau Mau rebel in Kenya who must struggle against an educational and cultural establishment which does not want to allow him to enter a primary school where he wants to learn how to read. Drama, 103 min., DVD, dir: Justin Chadwick.
First Round-Up, The (1934) - The gang goes on a camping trip, but only Scotty and Spanky seem to be prepared. They hitchhike to the spot while the others walk, have food where the others don't, and are perfectly happy in the dark while the others are scared to death. Matthew Beard stars as Stymie, Willie Mae Taylor stars as Buckwheat, and Billie Thomas stars as Billie. Children, 18 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Gus Meins.
First Seven Years, The (1930) - Jackie and Speck battle for the affections of Mary Ann. Allen Hoskins stars as Farina. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
First World Festival of Negro Arts, The (1968) - Discloses the purpose of the First World Festival of Negro Arts held in Dakar as an attempt to create an awareness of Negro art and culture. Surveys the contributions in music, dance, textiles, poetry, sculpture, and painting. Documentary, 40 min., VHS, dir: William Greaves.
Fish Hooky (1933) - When the gang plays hooky, they miss out on a school trip to an amusement park and have a run-in chase with the truant officer instead. Allen Hoskins stars as Farina. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, The (1979) - Cult classic about an astrologer comes to the aid of the Pittsburgh basketball team. The film features a disco-inspired setting and soundtrack and appearances by many MBA stars. Comedy, sport, 102 min., DVD, Gilbert Moses.
Fishing on the Niger River (1967) - Fish is the traditional staple of food of river people and fishing is the Bozo's specialty. In beautiful detail, this film studies each of the Bozo's ingenious methods of catching fish - some requiring the finesse and skill of a single person; some requiring the combined efforts of small groups; and others, the unity and cooperation of the entire village community working a variety of nets. The fish are smoked for preservation ad taken down river t market at Mopti in Mali. Documentary, 18 min., VHS, dir:Hermann Schlenker.
Fishy Tales (1937) - Alfalfa gets into a fight with Butch. Spanky helps Alfalfa fake a broken leg, but Butch gets wise and goes after Alfalfa. The fight begins while Alfalfa is playing William Tell with Buckwheat as his target holder. Billie Thomas stars as Buckwheat. Short from The Little Rascals series. Children, 10 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Gordon Douglas.
Five Heartbeats (1991) - Five young, highly talented men (Robert Townsend, Leon, Michael Wright, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells) form a music group in the 1960s. With the help of a seasoned choreographer (Harold Nicholas) and astute manager (Chuck Patterson), the Five Heartbeats rise to fame. Problems occur when the manager is killed, one of the Heartbeats turns to drugs, and two brothers want the same girl (Carla Brothers). Musical, 116 min., VHS, Blu-Ray (121 min.), dir: Robert Townsend.
500 Years Later (2005) - This documentary, which was filmed in over twenty countries, explores the troubled history of Africa and its struggle for freedom since the rise of slavery to the current day. Named Best Documentary at the 2005 Pan African Film Festival and Best Film at the 2005 Black Berlin International Cinema Festival. Documentary, 116 min., DVD, dir: Owen Alik Shahadah.
Five on the Black Hand Side (1973) - Black nationalism and women's liberation battle against middle class conventionality as the younger son and later the wife of a black barbershop owner form third world protest against the patriarch's conservative and anglophile values in this sometimes serious comedy. Godfrey Cambridge appears in a cameo role. Comedy, 96 min., DVD, dir: Oscar Williams.
Five Star (2014) - James “Primo” Grant, a real life gang member of the Bloods, mentors John, the son of Primo’s mentor who was killed. Drama , 83 min., DVD, dir: Keith Miller.
Flag (1989) - After having grown up believing that the freedom and opportunity symbolized by the flag are equally available to everyone, a young black woman becomes disillusioned by injustice. Drama, 26 min., VHS, dir: Linda Gibson.
Flag Wars (2003) - This film was shot in the course of more than four years in Columbus, Ohio, and documents the conflicts that arise when white gay professionals move into a black working-class neighborhood. Documentary, 86 min., DVD, dir: Linda Goode Bryant.
Flame in the Streets (1961) - A white British union leader, Jack Palmer, is fighting for blacks to receive equal treatment with whites. Palmer is displeased, however, when his daughter falls in love with a black man and tries to convince her to end the relationship. Drama , 93 min., DVD, dir: Roy Ward Baker.
Flush (n.d.) - Film about a bulemic dancer. Drama, 7 min., DVD, dir: Kia Carneleus.
Fly My Kite (1931) - The no-good son-in-law tries to swindle kindly grandma out of her suddenly valuable gold bonds which she has loaned to the kids to use on one of their kites. The gang joins together to save the bonds and vanguish the evil son-in-law. Allen Hoskins stars as Farina and Matthew Beard stars as Stymie. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
Flying Ace, The (1926) - A melodrama in the blue skies. Features Dr. R.I. Brown and Kathryn Boyd in a Bessie Coleman style aviatrix role. Action, 56 min., VHS, dir: Richard Norman.
Folktale of Africa, A: Cow-Tail Switch (1981) - This animated African folktale tells the tale of a warrior who disappears while hunting, leaving his pregnant wife and fours sons behind. When the fifth son grows old enough, he convinces his other brothers to join him on a quest to find their father. Based on the book The Cow-Tail Switch, by Harold Courlander and George Herzog. 8 min., 16mm, dir: Steven Clark.
Folktale of Africa, A: The Rug Maker (1970) - An East African folktale that shows the benefits that knowing a trade can have even for a chief’s son. Drama, 9 min., 16mm, dir: Steven Clark.
Folktales with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1984) - When Fat Albert and the Gang find their televison isn't working anymore, they visit their neighbor/creator Bill Cosby. Bill reads them a tall tale about Paul Bunyan. Children, 15 min., 16mm., dir: Marsh Lamore.
Follow the North Star (1972) - A film about a young boy whose family is involved with the Underground Railroad smuggling Southern slaves to Canada prior to the Civil War. Originally aired as part of the ABC Afterschool Special television series. Documentary, 47 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
For Colored Girls (2010) - Twenty women living in New York--each based on a poem from Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf--are going through their personal crises. Their negative experiences bring them together as a group. Drama, 134 min., Blu-Ray, dir: Tyler Perry.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1982) - This explosive, vivid "choreopoem" illuminates the story of black women in America as they celebrate in song, poetry and dance their strength, beauty and enormous capacity for love. The seven women comprising the cast, including author Ntozake Shange, share with the viewer their exuberance for life and their ability to begin again, no matter how ridiculous the odds. Drama, 80 min., DVD, dir: Oz Scott.
For Love of Ivy (1968) - A young and attractive black domestic worker, Ivy (Abbey Lincoln), is swept off her feet by a suave professional black gambler, Jack Parks, played by Sidney Poitier. Quincy Jones composed the music for this romantic comedy, which shows a white family doing everything possible to keep its "jewel" of a maid happy, including manipulating her life. Comedy, 99 min., 16mm, VHS, DVD, dir: Daniel Mann.
For My People: The Life and Writing of Margaret Walker (1998) - For My People combines conversations with Margaret Walker, commentary from leading scholars and readings from her poetry to make a powerful argument for the centrality of her work to 20th century American literature. At the heart of her poetry are the rhythms of African and African American speech and music - gospel, spiritual, ballads and folktales. In contrast to most contemporary poets, she did not aspire to a "personal" poetry but "to write the songs of my people - to frame their dreams into words, their souls into notes." Documentary, 28 min., DVD, dir: Judith McCray.
For Our Daughters: A Film for Black Girls (2012) - Seventeen African-American women are interviewed on a variety of topics that are of importance to young African-American women. Documentary, 150 min., DVD, dir: Vanz Chapman & Eric McKay.
For Pete's Sake (1934) - A running gag in this film involves Stymie's sister, Buckwheat (played here by Carlena Beard) getting stuck in akward places, with Scotty and Spanky alerting Stymie to the problem each time. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Gus Meins.
For the First Time (1967) - A short film featuring members of a "mobile cinema" as they travel around rural Cuba interviewing people who have never seen movies (and some who don't know what movies are). They also include footage of many people in a village viewing a movie for the first time. Documentary, 10 min., DVD, dir: Octavio Cortazar.
For the Love of an Eagle (1982) - A beautifully photographed documentary about a naturalist and her efforts to further the study of the African Black Eagle. Drama, 22 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
Force Four (aka Black Force) (1975) - The Force Four use their martial arts prowess to track down a valuable African sculpture while fighting the cronies of a New York crime boss that get in their way.On DVD with The Guy from Harlem. Action, 78 min., DVD, dir: Michael Fink.
Foreign Student (1994) - Philippe Le Clerc (Marco Hofschneider), a French foreign exchange student, falls for black school teacher April (Robyn Givens) despite the fact that interracial relationships are taboo in 1955 Virginia. Charles S. Dutton plays Howlin' Wolf; Hinton Battle is Sonny Boy Williamson. Drama, 90 min., VHS, dir: Eva Sereny.
Forgiveness (2004) - In a South Africa still burdened by its apartheid past, an ex-policeman, Tertius Coetzee (Arnold Vosloo), granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, asks for forgiveness from the family of one of his apartheid-era victims. The victim's sister, Sannie Grootboom (Quanita Adams), and her family decide to keep Tertius in a small town so that they can prepare their revenge, before a secret is revealed. In 2004, the film won the Junior Jury first prize, and also the Human Rights prize at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland. Drama, 118 min., DVD, dir: Ian Gabriel.
Forgotten Babies (1933) - The gang gets Spanky to babysit their brothers and sisters so they can go swimming. The infants systematically demolish Spanky's house and when the gang returns they discover that Spanky's put the whole bunch into cages. Matthew Beard stars as Stymie. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
Fortune Dane (1986) - When a hit man brutally massacres nine people including a personal friend, Fortune Dane (Carl Weathers) demands justice. Drama, 83 min., VHS, dir: Nicholas Sgarro.
Four Brothers (2005) -In director John Singleton’s revenge tale, four adopted brothers join together to find the person who murdered their mother in a grocery store holdup. As they zero in on the perpetrator, however, the siblings discover that this crime is not as simple as it seems. The cast features André Benjamin, aka "Andre 3000" of the hip hop duo Outkast as Jeremiah Mercer. Action, 108 min., DVD, dir: John Singleton.
4 Little Girls (1997) - Spike Lee documents the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama where four young girls were killed on September 15, 1963, while attending Sunday School. Documentary, 102 min., DVD, dir: Spike Lee.
4 Soundies (1941-1942) - Includes Cow Cow Boogie (1942); Zoot Suit (1942); Lazy Bones (1941); Jungle Jig (1941); VHS.
Four Women (1977) - Nina Simone's music is the basis for Dash's experimental film depicting the experiences of four black women. Choreographed and performed by Linda Young, the four roles trace the lives of black women from slavery to present. Dance, 10 min., 16mm, dir: Julie Dash.
Four Women of Genesis (2004) - . This is a visual interpretation inspired by the Nina Simone song "Four Women." Dance, B&W still photography, and dramatic reenactments reconstruct contemporary versions of four women from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Music Video, 5 min., VHS, Betacam SP, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
48 Hours (1982) - Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), who is doing time in prison for robbery, gets 48 hours out of jail, courtesy of policeman Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) who wants Reggie's help in apprehending a vicious escaped criminal with whom Reggie has unfinished business. The Busboys perform "The Boys are Back in Town." Action, 92 min., VHS, dir: Walter Hill.
42: The Jackie Robinson Story (2013) - Bio-pic of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), who broke the color barrier in Major League baseball in 1946, when Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, signed him to the team. Drama, 128 min., DVD, dir: Brian Helgeland.
Fox in a Box (2005) - Two short documentaries examining the influence of Pam Grier on film, music and fashion. Documentary, min n/a., DVD, dir: Jack Hill.
Foxes of Harrow, The (2012) - In pre-Civil War New Orleans, Stephen Fox is an Irish gambler who manages to buy his way into society. He was never permitted to do so in his native homeland because of his illegitimate birth. Drama, 118 min., DVD, dir: John M. Stahl.
Foxy Brown (1974) - When her boyfriend is murdered, a nurse (Pam Grier) sets out to get revenge on the killers and does. She ends up preying on the gangsters and dope pushers as well. Action, 94 min., DVD, dir: Jack Hill.
Fragments of Barbara McCullough (1929) - A montage of magic centered imagery, this work contains some of the footage from McCullough's Shopping Bags Spirits plus new material. Documentary, 11 min., VHS, dir: Barbara McCullough.
Framework for a Nation (1963) - This documentary is about the modernization and industrialization of Nigeria, specifically in Lagos. Documentary, 30 min., 16mm, dir: Philip Owtram.
Framework of the Shrew, The (1963) - An obstreporous wife (Evelyn Preer) is tamed and trained by her smaller but wily husband (Edward Thompson) through the advice of his friend, Florian Slappey (Charles Olden). Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Arvid E. Gillstrom.
Framing Youth (1937) - Threatened by Butch, Spanky persuades Alfalfa not to enter a radio talent contest. But Spanky and Alfalfa finally win out against Butch the bully. Billie Thomas is Buckwheat. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 10 min., DVD, dir: Gordon Douglas.
Franc, Le (1994) - This film is the first in a trilogy of shorts, Tales of Ordinary People. Marigo (Dieye Ma Dieye), a poor musician living in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, buys a lottery ticket, his last hope to make ends meet. At the end he wins the lottery, but the film’s end suggests both hope and desperation. Comedy, 45 min., DVD, dir: Djibril Diop Mambety.
Frank Sinatra Show with Ella Fitzgerald (1959) - Ella Fitzgerald makes an appearance on the Frank Sinatra Show. Music, 85 min., DVD, dir: unknown.
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996) - Isaac Julien explores the political theories of Frantz Fanon, member of the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN). Documentary, 69 min., DVD, dir: Isaac Julien.
Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work (2001) - Director Cheikh Djemai uncovers and interviews scores of former associates of Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist, philosopher and political leader. He became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism, and as the author of "Black Skin, White Masks," Fanon documented the effects of colonialism and racism on the people of colonized countries. Documentary, 52 min., DVD, dir: Cheikh Djemai.
Frederick Douglas: An American Life (1984) - This dramatization of the life of Douglass focuses on the person behind the public figure. Born a slave and entirely self-educated, Douglass played a critical role, as orator, writer, newspaper publisher, editor and political leader, in the struggle for the emancipation of the slaves, and also in the early women's rights movement. Drama, 30 min., VHS, DVD, dir: William Greaves.
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012) - A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. Documentary, 102 min., DVD, dir: Shola Lynch.
Free Eats (1932) - Two midgets disguised as babies aid some crooks by crashing a party thrown by a wealthy patron for poor children. Stymie catches on, but no one believes him until the end when he clears the implicated gang members by unmasking the midgets. Matthew Beard stars as Stymie. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Ray McCarey.Free to Dance (2001)
- What Do You Dance - First part of a three-part series. Looks at the development of modern dance during the early 20th century and the struggle for blacks to dance. Highlights Edna Guy and Katharing Dunham. Documentary, 55 min., DVD, dir: Madison D. Lacy.
- Steps of the Gods - Second part of a three-part series. Focuses on dance during the 1940s and 1950s, the impact of religion on African American dance, Katharine Dunham and the influence of Haitian dance and culture on her work, and Pearl Primus and her work in Africa. Also focuses on Donald McKayle and Alvin Ailey. Documentary, 55 min., DVD, dir: Madison D. Lacy.
- Go for What You Know - Part three of a three-part series. Focuses on the political and social influence on dance - and dance on society - during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s including disco, break dancing, and hip hop. Choreographers/dancers featured are Eleo Pomare, Garth Fagan, Gus Solomons Jr, Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Ronald Brown and Donald McKayle. Documentary, 55 min., DVD, dir: Adam Zucker.
Free Havana (2012) - Explores the lives of six gay and lesbian individuals in Cuba, streching from the Batista era to the present day. Documentary, 58 min., DVD, dir: Eliezer Pérez Angueira.
Free Wheeling (1932) - Stymie is called away from the gang's newly constructed, mule powered taxi to deliver laundry to the big house where Dickie sits in bed with a stiff neck kept there by an overly protective mother. Stymie gets Dickie out of the house, cures his stiff neck and gets him a ride in the taxi which ends with a wild ride down a steep hill. Matthew Beard stars as Stymie. Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
Free, White and 21 (1963) - Based on a true story. An African American businessman is accused of raping a white Swedish civil rights worker. Most of the film is courtroom drama - each side give their side of the story through flashback scenes. The audience is given three minutes to decide whether the accused is guilty or innocent before the verdict is read in the courtroom. Drama, 104 min., DVD, dir: Larry Buchanan.
Freedom Riders (2011) - This is the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a bold and dangerous experiment designed to awaken the conscience of a complacent nation. These self-proclaimed, "Freedom Riders" challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act. Documentary, 120 min., DVD, dir: Stanley Nelson.
Freedom Summer (2014) – Mississippi, 1964: Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states. Documentary, 120 min., DVD, dir: Stanley Nelson.
French Way, The (1940) - A musical comedy about a nightclub performer playing cupid while trying to re-open her nightclub. Comedy, 72 min., VHS, dir: Jacques de Baroncelli.
Fresh (1994) - Twelve-year-old Fresh (Sean Nelson) is an intelligent and perceptive boy growing up in a world of poverty and violence, being raised by his Aunt, but still in contact with his father, Sam (Samuel L. Jackson). Fresh goes to work for Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito), a drug dealer, who also gets Fresh's sister Nicole (N'Bushe Wright) addicted to drugs. Fresh hatches a complex and audacious scheme to get himself and his sister out of their seemingly hopeless situation. Drama, 114 min., VHS, dir: Boaz Yakin.
Fresh Dressed: The Revolution of Fashion Born on the Streets (2015) - Documentary chronicleing the rise of Hip-Hop--Urban fashion from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America. Includes archival footage and interviews. Documentary, 83 min., DVD, dir: Sacha Jenkins.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The: The Complete Series (1990-1996) - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia, is sent to live with his well-to-do uncle and aunt in Bel-Air in hopes of their “straightening him up.” Comedy, family, 3405 min., DVD, dir: multiple directors.
Friday (1995) - Two friends, Smokey and Craig (played by Ice Cube and Chris Tucker), smoke weed and face various dilemmas as they attempt to find $200 to pay off a dealer by 10 pm. Comedy, drama, 97 min., Blu-ray, dir: Gary F. Gary.
Friday after Next (2002) - Craig and his cousin Day-Day move out of their parents' homes and into a rundown apartment. On Christmas Eve their place is robbed by a man disguised as Santa Claus. Craig and Day-Day set out on an adventure to find the burglar responsible. Comedy, 85 min., DVD, dir: Marcus Raboy.
Friends, The (1996) - A young West Indian girl, Phyllisia (Monica Calhoun), has problems adjusting to Harlem. She befriends Edith (Crystal Justine) but the problem becomes overcoming class differences. Set in the 1950s, the film is based on Rosa Guy's novel. Drama, 26 min., VHS, dir: Kathe Sandler.
Friday: The Complete Animated Series (2007) - Craig and Smokey are trying to make it living in South Central L.A. while dealing with friends, family, and enemies. Animation, comedy, 159 min., DVD, dir: Kevin Lofton.
From Cabin to Castle (1930) - The film traces the rise of the first African American woman millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker. Documentary, 60 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
From Sun Up (1987) - The film documents the lifes of African women in Tanzania. Documentary, 28 min., VHS, dir: Flora M'mbugu.
From These Roots (1974) - A narrated montage of black and white photos chronicles the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's through a description of its social and artistic leaders and major events. Documentary, 28 min., 16mm, dir: William Greaves.
Fruit of My Labor, part 1 & 2 (2008) - Tenants are upset with the lack of suitable housing. The landlord's community association is headed by Chief Eriko, who ensures that any attempt by the tenants to voice their concerns is crushed. How long can this disparity last? Drama, 112 min., DVD, dir: Kalu Anya.
Fruitvale Station (2013) - Drama centered on the shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area father who was gunned down by BART officers on New Year's Day in 2009. Drama, 85 min., DVD, dir: Ryan Coogler.
Fullness of Time, The (2008) - Cauleen Smith's film about a "sister from another planet" who must navigate life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Drama, 52 min., DVD, dir: Cauleen Smith.
Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker (1981) - "Fundi", Swahili for "Master of her Craft," is a title bestowed upon Baker by her admirers to honor her efforts as one of the leading female activists of the Civil Rights Movement. Through interviews with former SNCC and SCLC members, the story of her remarkable career is depicted. The film includes archival footage of the movement. Documentary, 46 min., 16mm, dir: Joanne Grant.
Fureur (2003) - Story of love and jealousy in the Chinatown area of Paris, where the migrants have their own laws. When Raphael, a Spaniard, falls in love with a young Chinese woman, Chinh, engaged to the son of a rich Chinese family, confrontation is inevitable. In an illegal Thai boxing match, Chinh's brother kills Raphael's brother. Raphael becomes bent on revenge, but ultimately love triumphs. Drama, 105 min., DVD, dir: Karim Dridi.Futuresport (1998) - This film made its debut on cable television. Directed by renowned cinematographer Ernest Dickerson and set in the future, this film showcases the struggle between good and evil--in this instance, terrorists versus hot-shot athletes who use their world-famous sporting event as a means to resolve territorial disputes. Wesley Snipes in dreadlocks plays a pivotal role in this relatively popular film for which he also serves as executive producer. Vanessa Williams stars along with Dean Cain of Superman fame. Science Fiction, 89 min., VHS, dir: Ernest Dickerson.
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