Films by Title: "K"
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Karamoja (1954) - Filmmaker William Treutle and his wife recorded their journey through the African interior including the customs and rituals of tribesmen in the Belgian Congo. Documentary, 63 min., DVD, dir: William B. Treutle.
Karmen Geï (2001) - Joseph Gaï Ramaka has completely recast Bizet's classic Carmen using the finest musicians and choreographers in Senegal. He complicates the sexual tension through the bold leap of making her the first bisexual Carmen. Drama, 82 min., DVD, dir: Joseph Gaï Ramaka.
Kasarmu ce: This Land Is Ours (1991) - Nigerian thriller combining Huasa and Western storytelling techniques. A young man attempts to avenge the brutal murder of his grandfather by a land baron attempting to seize the village's iron-rich property. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Thriller, 84 min., VHS, dir: Saddik Balewa.
Keep on Keepin’ On (2014) - Music legend and teacher Clark Terry played in Duke Ellington and Count Basie’s bands, broke racial barriers on American television, and mentored the likes of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. Keep on Keepin’ On presents an intimate portrait ofTerry near the end of his life as he mentors 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin. Documentary, 86 min., DVD, dir: Alan Hicks.
Keep Punching (1939) - A fight film with the prone to womanize-and-gamble boxer (Henry Armstrong) almost seduced by the fast life and an equally fast woman (Mae E. Johnson) but keeps his equilibrium, wins the bout and ends up happily with the "good" woman (Francine Everett). Drama, 80 min., VHS, dir: John Clein.
Keeper, The (1995) - Paul Lamont (Giancarlo Esposito) is an idealistic corrections officer who is also a law student, believing that he can make a difference in an ineffective justice system. He befriends illegal Haitian immigrant Jean Baptiste (Isaach de Bankolé) who he believes is innocent of the rape charge. He brings him home and Jean and Paul's wife, Angela (Regina Taylor), fall in love, causing Paul to forego his professional and human principles. Drama, 92 min., DVD, dir: Joe Brewster.
Keita: The Heritage of the Griot (Keita! L'Héritage du griot) (1995) - A young boy from Burkina Faso meets a griot and soon begins to neglect his school work to spend more and more time with the storytelling. The narrative alternates between modern scenes and dramatizations from the 13th-century epic, the Sundiata. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, fantasy, 94 min., VHS, dir: Dani Kouyaté.
Kenyatta (1973) - This edited version from 51 minutes is a film biography of Jomo Kenyatta, President of Kenya. Uses interviews, photographs, old film footage to show Kenyatta's experiences: mission school education, colonial service, political exile, emergence as leader in the fight for independence. The third part of the Kenya Trilogy: Black Man's Land. Documentary, 30 min., 16mm, dir: Anthony Howarth and David Koff.
Kid 'in' Africa (1933) - Shirley Temple on a child-sized African missionary safari is captured by "mini-cannibals" (real black children). She is rescued from the cooking pot by a junior Tarzan (Diaperzan) and his friendly elephant. Comedy, 10 min., 16mm, dir: Jack Hays.
Kidulthood (2004) - A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London. Drama, 89 min., DVD, dir: Menhaj Huda.
Killer Diller (1948) - This all-Black cast musical features a magician who does disappearing acts that ties together a variety program of musical numbers including an act by Jackie "Moms" Mabley and the Nat "King" Cole Trio. Musical, 73 min., VHS, dir: Josh
Killer of Sheep (1977) - Stan's (Henry G. Sanders) inability to provide for his family reflects his insensitivity to them. His job as a slaughterhouse worker does not pay enough to make ends meet. As a result, he is constantly in a state of anger and frustration. Drama, 84 min., 16mm, DVD, dir: Charles Burnett.
Killing Floor, The (1985) - Frank Custer (Damien Leake) relocates his family during World War I from the rural South to Chicago, anticipating better living and working conditions. He is soon involved in the massive union rallies and organized strikes against the meat packers who use black workers as scabs to break the union. Alfre Woodard plays his wife Mattie; Ernest Rayford his friend Thomas, a World War I veteran; Moses Gunn, Heavy Williams, an anti-union worker; Mary Alice, Lilah Dean, who helps Frank write letters home. Based on actual events, the film uses newsreel footage (including Chicago Race Riot, 1919, clips) to authenticate the period. Drama, 118 min., VHS, dir: Bill Duke.
Killing Yard, The (2001) - Morris Chestnut stars in this made-for-television film that dramatizes the occurrence and aftermath of the bloody Attica State Prison riots during which, under orders by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, police fired at least 2,200 rounds of ammunition upon the 1,200 prisoners and their hostages to restore order. Drama, 110 min., VHS, dir: Euzhan Palcy.
King (1978) - Paul Winfield embodies the civil rights leader in King: The Martin Luther King Story, an NBC miniseries originally broadcast over three nights in February 1978. Cicely Tyson plays Coretta Scott King in the series that trtaces King’s rise from his early years as a Baptist minister in Memphis to his assassination in 1968. Supporting performances include Ossie Davis as Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., Roscoe Lee Brown, and singer Tony Bennett as himself. TV miniseries drama, Blu-ray, 271 min., dir: Abby Mann.
King Lear (1974) - Stars James Earl Jones in the title role. Drama, 175 min., DVD, dir: Edwin Sherin.
King Solomon's Mines (1937) - Paul Robeson plays Umbopa, an African porter to a group of hunters and adventurers in South Africa. Falling upon a map to King Solomon's mines, they find the site of the treasure which is guarded by a fierce tribe. As it turns out Umbopa is in reality the true chief of the tribe; a fight ensues and the victorious Umbopa permits his white friends entrance into the mines. Robert Adams is Twala, Makubalo Hlubi is Kapsie. Drama, 80 min., VHS, dir: Robert Stevenson.
King: Montgomery to Memphis (1970) - The biography of a movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the assassination of Dr. King. Nothing is contrived and no narrator imposes comments. Newsreel and television footage reveal the civil rights campaigns as they actually happened (1955-1968). Songs by Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, and Nina Simone. Several versions exists: 180min, 103min, and 81min. Documentary, 103 min., VHS, dir: Sydney Lumet.
Kings (1999) - Dane (Michael Jace), a corporate lawyer, is confronted with his past and is faced with some difficult decisions. Released for home video on Afrocentricity, Vol. 1. Drama, 17 min., DVD, dir: Niva Dorell.
Kings of the Evening (2008) - During the Great Depression, an ex-convict competes with the other men in his community in weekly style contests. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Andrew P. Jones.
Kini & Adams (1997) - Kini and Adams are two friends who dream of repairing an old, broken down car so that they can leave their Zimbabwe village who dream of repairing an old broken car and start life over in the city. Produced in Burkina Faso. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 93 min., VHS, DVD (89 min.), dir: Idrissa Ouedraogo.
Kinyarwanda (2011) - During the Rwandan genocide, many of the Hutus and Tutsis persecuted one another. In this story, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Alrick Brown.
Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005) - The Senegalese boy-hero Kirikou sets out to save his village from supernatural evils sent by the Sorceress Karaba. This story is divided into four segments based on traditional West African folktales and features a soundtrack with music by Youssou N'Dour, Rokia Traore, and Manu Dibango. Sequel to Kirikou and the Sorceress. Children, 95 min., DVD, dir: Michel Ocelot & Benedicte Galup.
Kiss Grandmama Goodbye (1992) - The love between Gail (Nicole Donielle) and her widowed grandmother (Mary Watts), and their relationship to family and neighbors are the central themes of the film. Strong family values help the family survive the death of grandmother. Based on the short story by Terry McMillan, the film is set in a black, middle-class neighborhood during the 1960s. Drama, 70 min., VHS, dir: Debra J. Robinson.
Kitchen Toto, The (1987) - After a priest is slain by the Mau Mau revolutionaries in 1950, his young son, Mwangi, moves in with a British police officer and his wife. The Mau Mau then kidnap Mwangi and make him swear allegiance to their cause. Set in Kenya before the end of colonialism. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 96 min., VHS, dir: Harry Hook.
Klansman, The (1974) - Set in a backwoods Alabama town, the film focuses on harassed Blacks, a raped white woman, an eccentric southern gentleman living in the past and the irrational bigotry of white-hooded Ku Kluxers. O.J. Simpson is Garth. Drama, 112 min., 16mm, dir: Terence Young.
Knight Shadow (1994) - A couple are mugged after a picnic in the park. The woman runs while the man is beaten. A man dressed in black emrerges from the woods to save the couple and use martial arts to vanquish the muggers. Drama, 5 min., DVD, dir: Delarno Sterling.
Know Cologne (n.d.) - Fake commercial for "Noe cologne". The slogan of "Noe cologne" is: "Know what you're getting into before you put it on." Miscellaneous, 1 min., Betacam SP, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Know Me (2000) - Music video of "Know Me" by The Cross Movement. Music Video, 5 min., VHS, dir: Booker T. Mattison.
Krik? Krak! Tales of a Nightmare (1990) - Documents the struggle of Haitian village life. The world, governed by magic and white rulers, brings sorrow, terror, and imprisonment to everyday life to the Haitians. Stock footage laces the narrative. The political struggle is depicted and tied with Haitian spirituality. Graphic and surrealistic images and sound enhance the narrative. Documentary, 78 min., VHS, dir: Jac Avila & Vanyoska Gee.
Krush Groove (1985) - Russell (Blair Underwood) is the manager for a group of artists. Although he does not succeed in getting a loan to start his music industry, friends help him establish one. Russell falls apart when his brother Run (Joseph Simmons) signs with Galaxy music company. Russell later reconciles with Run and becomes a manager for Warner Bros.--a major music company. Musical, 95 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Michael Schultz.
Kudzu Christmas, The (2002) - Not long after her divorce, Nina Taylorson moves with her son, Mason, to a small town in Georgia. Mason becomes friends with an elderly widower, Gaitus Stevens. Together they try to rescue puppies that were hiding in a Kudzu bush. Together they learn how to cope with loss and separation, and focus on their blessing during the Christmas season. Family, 97 min., DVD, dir: Fred Dresch.
Kujichagubia (1979) - Kujichagulia is a Swahili word meaning self-determination. This animated folktale is set in the Australian outback. Two kangaroos that misplaced in a village of platypuses trying to be like the animals around them. Consequently they lose the ability to hop and also fail to learn how to swim. Children, 6 min., 16mm, dir: Carol Munday Lawrence.
Kwaheri (1964) - An exploitation documentary/shockumentary about an expedition through Africa’s dark jungles to find a medicine man who performs bizarre (and illegal) skull surgeries. Contains footage of animals being butchered, natives with birth defects, and local rituals. Documentary, 100 min., DVD, dir: Thor L. Brooks and Byron Chudnow.
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