Films by Title: "M"
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Mack, The (1973) - The film portrays the lifestyle and experience of a black pimp as he struggles to stay on top, battling both black and white mobsters. Drama, 110 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Michael Campus.
Macunaima (1969) - The film is a political comedy from Brazil. The central character is born a full grown black man who miraculously changes to white and encounters modern "civilization" in a series of hilarious adventures. Comedy, 105 min., DVD, dir: Joaquim Pedro De Andrade.
Madame Brouette (2002) - Mati (Rokhaya Niang), a single Senegalese mother, called Madame Brouette for her self-reliance, encourages her friend Ndaxte (Kadiatou Sy) to divorce her abusive husband. Despite her suspicion of men, Mati falls in love with Naago (Aboubacar Sadikh Ba), a policeman. She discovers that he is corrupt, but is already pregnant, and has to show her courage by defending her family from Naago's criminal actions. Comedy, 104 min., DVD, dir: Moussa Sene Absa.
Made in Jamaica (2006) - Looks at the history of Jamaican music including reggae. Includes interviews and performances. Documentary, 110 min., DVD, dir: Jerome Laperrousaz.
Magic Tree, The (1970) - Presents, through animation, a folk tale from the Congo about an unloved son who leaves home, finds love and wealth, and loses it. Observes him encountering a magic tree; concludes with the boy revealing the secret of the magic tree to his family. Children, 11 min., 16mm, dir: Gerald McDermott.
Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory (1997) - The life of Mahalia Jackson, one of the world’s greatest gospel singers, is examined in this documentary. Interviews with Reverend Jesse Jackson and Studs Terkel are included with performances by Dinah Shore and Louis Armstrong. Documentary, 90 min., DVD, dir: Jeff Scheftel.
Mahogany (1975) - The story of a poor black girl from Chicago who becomes a top international fashion model only to give it up for an honest black politician (Billy Dee Williams), for "success is nothing without someone you love to share it with you." Diana Ross received an Oscar nomination for costume design. Drama, 109 min., VHS, dir: Berry Gordy.
Making Cigars (Fabrica de tabaco) (1962) - A brief examination of the manufacture of cigars. The steps of drying, separating stem and leaves, rolling, molding, sorting, banding, and packaging are discussed and accompanied by footage of workers performing those actions. Documentary, 5 min., DVD, dir: N/A.
Making Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983) - Documentary about the making of the video for "Thriller" and Michael Jackson's career at that time. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: John Landis.
Malaga (1962) - Dorothy Dandridge plays Gianni, Carran's (Edmund Purdom) ex-mistress, who makes an uneasy alliance with Bain (Trevor Howard), his partner in crime who has been done out of his share of the jewels they stole. Drama, 95 min., 16mm, dir: Laszlo Benedek.
Malcolm X (1992) - Adapted from The Autobiography of Malcolm X (as told to Alex Haley), Lee's film dramatizes the life of Malcolm X (Denzel Washington). Filmed on locations ranging from New York to Egypt, the film follows Malcolm through the criminal activities of his early years to his rise within and his break with the Nation of Islam. Angela Bassett portrays his wife Betty Shabazz, and Al Freeman, Jr. plays the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Drama, 201 min., VHS, dir: Spike Lee.
Malcolm X: El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (1972) - The film closely chronicles the life of Malcolm X, beginning with his birth in Omaha, Nebraska, and ending with his assassination in 1965. Archival footage incorporates many different segments of Malcolm's speaking career, as well as his funeral, which was attended by leading African American figures. Documentary, 55 min., VHS, dir: n/a.
Malcolm X: Nationalist or Humanist? (1967) - This short film analyzes the philosophy of Malcolm X and features an interview with his widow, Betty Shabazz. Documentary, 14 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Madeline Anderson.
Malcolm X: Search for Identity (1995) - A&E documents Malcolm X's early beginnings in racist, segregated Omaha, Nebraska to his later life spent in Harlem, New York. Documentary, 50 min., VHS, dir: Bill Harris.
Malentendu Colonial, Le (2004) - This documentary explores the implications of ideological colonization in Africa. This includes the development of German concentration camps at the peril of the Hereo people. Also examines the positive use and effects of Chrisitianity in Africa. Documentary, 73 min., DVD, dir: Jean-Marie Teno.
Maluala (1979) - In 19th century Cuba, runaway slaves known as "cimarrons" overpower their Spanish master and hide in settlements in the eastern mountains. But discord among the cimarrns is sowm by traitors working secretly for the Spanish. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Sergio Giral.
Malunde (2001) - Wonderboy (Kagiso Mtetwa), an 11-year-old black boy on the streets of Johannesburg, meets a white man named Kobus (Ian Roberts) who is a former soldier in the Apartheid-era army. Their budding friendship explores the landscape of post-Apartheid South Africa. Drama, 119 min., DVD, dir: Stefanie Sycholt.
Mama Africa (2001) - Includes Bintou, dir: Fanta Regina Nacro; Hang Time, dir: Ngozi Onwurah; One Evening in July, dir: Raja Amari; Raya, dir: Zulfah Otto-Sallies; Riches, dir: Ingrid Sinclair; Uno's World, dir: Bridget Pickering; DVD.
Mama There's a Man in Your Bed (1990) - In this French romantic comedy, Romuald, a White yogurt tycoon that is having troubles with his business finds love and wisdom in the form of Juliette, a black cleaning lady who is struggling to raise her five children. With Juliette’s help, Romuald is able to find happiness and save his flailing company. Comedy, 107 min., VHS, dir: Coline Serreau.
Man, The (1972) - James Earl Jones is a black Senator who has acceded to the Presidency through a series of mishaps. Struggling to keep an unprepared nation together, he fights both politicians and his radical daughter (Janet MacLachlan). The end shows him on top for the moment, but alone. Drama, 93 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Joseph Sargent.
Man and Boy (1971) - Bill Cosby portrays a former Union Soldier who has moved his family to a homestead in the Old West at the end of the Civil War. When a valuable horse is stolen, father and son set out in search of the thieves. They learn from each other in the hostile, violent West of the 1870s. Musical score by J.J. Johnson, supervised by Quincy Jones. Western, 96 min., 16mm, dir: E.W. Swackhamer.
Man Called Adam, A (1966) - Adam is a popular jazz trumpeter who struggles to cope with addiction and anger during this drama set in the early 1960's United States. Once Adam begins a relationship with a political activist, Claudia, his life won't be the same. Drama, 103 min., DVD, dir: Leo Penn.
Man Friday (1975) - An interpretation of Daniel Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe, the story is told from Friday's (Richard Roundtree) point of view. The film depicts Crusoe (Peter O'Toole) as a fanatical white supremist, Friday as the servant who becomes the master. Drama, 112 min., 16mm, dir: Jack Gold.
Man in the Middle (1964) - When an American solider kills an allied British solier during World War II, a court martial ensues--but things aren't that clear-cut. Drama, 93 min., DVD, dir: Guy Hamilton.
Man Named Pearl, A (2006) - The inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. Documentary, 78 min., DVD, dir: Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson.
Mandabi (1968) - The film is the story of Ibrahim Dieng, who after being unemployed for four years, receives a money order from a nephew. The money totally disrupts his life as he spends wildly and goes into debt. When he learns that he can't cash the money order due to a lost I.D., he loses everything because of red tape. In Wolof with English subtitles. Drama, 90 min., DVD, dir: Ousmane Sembène.
Mandela (1987) - This film presents a stirring dramatic reenactment of the life and times of South African President Nelson Mandela, who suffered through nearly three decades as a political prisoner in order to see the end of Apartheid. Drama, 135 min., VHS, dir: Philip Saville.
Mandela and de Klerk (1997) - Academy Award winners Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine star as Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, the two men who changed the future of South Africa. Mandela and de Klerk is the story of the secret negotiations that finally resulted in the end of apartheid and the birth of a new democratic nation in South Africa. Drama, 114 min., DVD, dir: Joseph Sargent.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2014) - Based on the South African President’s autobiography of the same name, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom chronicles Nelson Mandela’s early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (PROMETHEUS) stars in the title role. Drama, 141 min., DVD, dir: Justin Chadwick.
Mandingo (1975) - Set in the pre-civil war South, this film chronicles the experiences of a plantation family, attempting to continue their lifestyle in an oppressive system of slavery. Mede (Ken Norton) is a Mandingo slave trained to fight and ends up being seduced by the white mistress (Susan George) of the house. A young slave girl (Brenda Sykes) is romantically involved with the plantation's young master (Perry King). Ward plays the abiding slave only in front of his master. Drama, 127 min., DVD, dir: Richard Fleischer.
Mapantsula (1988) - The story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Oliver Schmitz.
March, The (2013) – Narrated by Denzel Washington, this documentary tells the unknown stories which led to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom including: the fierce opposition from the U.S. government to it happening; the heroic endeavors to fundraise and organize the March by hundreds of committed civil rights activists; and the presence of major Hollywood actors who added ‘glamour’ to the solemn call for equality. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir; John Akomfrah.
Marcus Garvey: Look for me in the Whirlwind (2001) - An in-depth documentation of the dramatic rise and fall of the controversial Black leader who created the largest Black organization in history. Documentary, 90 min., DVD, dir: Stanley Nelson.
Margaret Thatcher, Part 1 & 2 and Part 3 & 4 (2009) - After a young women is raped, her family's unconcerned attitudes causes her to seek revenge against them. Drama, 110 min. & 96 min., DVD, dir: Iyke Olisa.
Marian Anderson (1991) - The life of legendary black opera singer Anderson is chronicled from her early appearances in Philadelphia to concerts in America and Europe. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: Dante James.
Mark of the Hawk, The (1957) - Sidney Poitier is at first sympathetic to a liberation movement, then he fights against the group only to be accused of being a member of the movement and put on trial for murder. Finally, after being cleared, Poitier gives a speech supporting colonial forces. Drama, 83 min., VHS, dir: Michael Audley.
Marquette Park (1985) - Shot in the 1970s this is a flim that captures American Nazi Party meetings and rallies in chicago. Originally two films shot in 1976 and 1978, this version was released on home video in 1985 and includes both films. Documentary, 65 min., VHS, dir: Mark Ranee.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1982) - The career of Martin Luther King, from the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama and his teachings of non-violent protest, to the years of sit-ins, voter registration drives, and freedom rides are documented in this film. Included are interviews with friends and family of King, including his widow, Coretta Scott King. Part of the Great Americans series. Documentary, 24 min., 16mm, dir: Chuck Olin.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail (1988) - Frantz Turner plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in this film that mixes news footage with dramatization to show King's arrest in Birmingham, Alabama, for defying a court order banning public demonstrations. The letter that he wrote while in jail became one of the fundamental arguments behind the civil rights movement. Drama, 25 min., 16mm, dir: Barry Clarke.
Martin Luther King: "I Have A Dream" (1986) - King delivers his powerful, "I Have A Dream" speech to 200,000 civil rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963. Documentary, 22 min., VHS, dir: n/a.
Martin Luther King: The Man and the March (1968) - Records the history of the late Dr. Martin Luther King's "Poor People's March." Shows him conferring with aides, traveling to solicit support and developing the operational details of the march held in Washington D.C. Documentary, 84 min., 16mm, dir: Garth Dietrick.
Marva (1979) - Shown on "CBS 60 Mintues," Marva Collins, a teacher at the West Side Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois, school system, used her retirement funds to start an alternative school for low income urban students. Documentary, 17 min., 16mm, dir: St. Pierre.
Mary McLeod Bethune: The Spirit of a Champion (1996) - Documenting the extraordinary life of renowned educator Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), this film presents the war she waged to win her education as well as to secure education for all African American youth. Documentary, 29 min., VHS, dir: Rex Barnett.
Mary Umola (1968) - This short documentary includes an interview with Mary Umola about her experiences living in Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran war. Documentary, 27 min., 16mm, dir: John Herbst.
Mary, Queen of Tots (1925) - Mary, a sheltered rich girl has a set of dolls that are replicas of the gang. When they "come to life," she tries to kiss them all. Farina is not the only one who is horrified, but he looks the most incensed (The only ethnic slur reference to the "WAP" who made the dolls). Comedy, 12 min., 8mm, dir: Robert F. McGowen.
Masquerade (2000) - In this comedy, Joi (Simbi Khali) and her friend and roommate Monica (Kellita Smith) meet a man called Marcus (Cress Williams) on the Internet, and soon both fall in love with him—which does not strengthen their friendship. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: Roy Campanella.
Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry, The (1991) - Jacqueline Shearer documents the story of the first officially sanctioned regiment of Northern black soldiers formed in Boston during the Civil War. Their heroism is obvious in the details she depicts about their battle at Fort Wagner. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: Jacqueline Shearer.
Mau Mau (1973) - The second part of the Kenya Trilogy: Black Man's Land investigates the state of emergency declared by the British in Kenya in 1952. The imaginary Mau Mau terrorist group was created by the white minority to justify the repression against the black population during the four-year civil war. Uses newsreels, photographs and interviews to authenticate. Documentary, 29 min., 16mm, dir: Anthony Howarth and David Koff.
Maurie [aka Big Mo] (1973) - The courageous story of Maurice Stokes (Bernie Casey), professional basketball star who is struck down by a fatal disease and helped back to a temporary recovery by a white teammate. Received the NAACP Image Award for best picture. Janet MacLachlan plays Dorothy Parsons, the girl he loves; Maidie Norman is his mother. Drama, 113 min., 16mm, dir: Daniel Mann.
Max and Mona (2004) - Born with the historically celebrated talent of "mourning," when an individual can convince the hardest heart to soften, Max is treasured by his village. When he attends the city university to become a medical doctor, his village sends with him the sacred goat, Mona. The adventures begin when he starts to have financial troubles. Drama, 98 min., DVD, dir: Teddy Mattera.
McMasters, The (1970) - Brock Peters plays Benji, a former slave and Union army veteran, who returns from the war to an assortment of complicated problems in this post-bellum western. Burl Ives is his benevolent former master with good intentions, Jack Palance the racist-villain, and Nancy Kwan, Benji's gift from the Indians, who rescue him from hostile whites. The original version (97 minutes) was approved by the producer, screenwriter and leading man; the 89 minute version by the distributor. Western, 89 min., 16mm, dir: Alf Kjellin.
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) - When Johnny Barrows is dishonorably discharged from the Army for striking an Officer, he finds himself down on his luck and eventually in jail. After getting out, he begins to work for the Mafia as a hitman which places him in the middle of a gang war. Action, 90 min., DVD, dir: Fred Williamson.
Meaning of Food, The (2005) - Examines the symbolism around food and eating, how food reflects culture, and how food helps define families. Includes interviews with Julie Dash. Documentary, 180 min., DVD, dir: Maria Gargiulo, Vivian Kleiman, Karin Williams, & Kris Kristensen.
Mechanic, The (n.d.) - A woman with car trouble drives down a street where a man is working on a car. Her car stalls and the man stops his work to help her. Genre Unkown, 4 min., DVD, dir: Doreen Mitchum.
Medicine for Melancholy (2008) - 24 hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city. Drama, 88 min., DVD, dir: Barry Jenkins.
Meeting, The (1989) - What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, two of the most well known figures of the Civil Rights Movement, discussed if they had met? Bill Duke's Emmy award winning film for PBS' American Playhouse based on Jeff Stetson's play explores this idea by presenting a fictional meeting between King (Jason Bernard) and Malcolm X (Paul Benjamin). Drama, 73 min., VHS, dir: Bill Duke.
Meeting at Midnight (1944) - Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists. Co-stars Mantan Moreland. Drama, 66 min., 16mm, dir: Phil Rosen.
Member of the Wedding, The (1952) - In this film, Ethel Waters portrays Berenice Brown, a cook who befriends a troubled young girl (Julie Harris) with warmth and compassion. She also has some life of her own, which she talks about, and a restless, unhappy nephew, Honey Brown, played by James Edwards, whom she tries to help. Drama, 91 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Fred Zinnemann.
Memoria del saqueo (2004) - After the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983, successive democratic governments launched a series of reforms purporting to turn Argentina into the world's most liberal and prosperous economy. Less than twenty years later, the Argentine economy was in shambles. The film highlights numerous political, financial, social, and judicial trends that stood out on Argentina's road to ruin. Documentary, 118 min., DVD, dir: Pino Solanas.
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (1968) - In the wake of the Cuban revolution, Sergio decides to stay behind in Cuba despite the fleeing of his friends and family. Sergio is forced to look back upon his changing society in the midst of the Cuban Missile crisis and the changing socio-political climate of Cuba. Drama, 104 min., DVD, dir: Tomas Gutierrez Alea.
Memories of Rain (2006) - The story of two South Africans who took part in the struggle against Apartheid. It is the story of lives spent in camouflage, in danger and in loneliness but inspired by the vision of a free society. Lives of courage and humanity, but fraught, too, with doubt and disappointment as the contradictions of the armed struggle unfold around them and the ideals which maintain them threaten to fall apart. Drama, 142 min., DVD dir: Gisela Albrecht and Angela Mai.
Men in Black (1997) - Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones stars in this sci-fi comedy drama about aliens living in the United States. Science Fiction, 98 min., VHS, dir: Barry Sonnenfeld.
Men of Bronze (1977) - Miles' first documentary film depicts the contributions of Blacks to the Military during World War I. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: William Miles.
Menace II Society (1993) - The big-screen debut of the 21-year-old Hughes brothers captures the lives of black teens, Caine (Tyrin Turner), O-Dog (Larenz Tate) and Sherrif (Vonte Sweet) trying to survive inner-city life. Glenn Plummer plays Purnell; Samuel L. Jackson and Khandi Alexander play Turner's drug addicted parents. Drama, 104 min., VHS, dir: Albert & Allen Hughes.
Messenger, The (1986) - When his girlfriend dies of a drug overdose, a former Green Beret decides to take vengeance on the drug gangs responsible for her death. Action, 95 min., VHS, dir: Fred Williamson.
Methadone: Evil Spirit or Wonder Drug (1975) - Filmed on location in Harlem, NY, this film investigates the effects of the drug methadone on patients and whether or not clinics are complying with the drug abuse control laws and regulations. Documentary, 17 min., VHS, dir: Jessie Maple.
Metro (1997) - Scott Roper (Eddie Murphy), policeman and hostage negotiator, seeks revenge after a pyschotic killer and thief (Michael Wincott) murders his partner and friend. Carmen Ejogo is Ronnie, a freelance photographer. Action, 117 min., VHS, dir: Thomas Carter.
Metro (1997) - Scott Roper (Eddie Murphy), policeman and hostage negotiator, seeks revenge after a pyschotic killer and thief (Michael Wincott) murders his partner and friend. Carmen Ejogo is Ronnie, a freelance photographer. Action, 117 min., VHS, dir: Thomas Carter.
Miami Tale, A (2003)- In this re-telling of the classic Greek comedy Lysistrata, a daring young woman convinces her girlfriends to help rid their neighborhood of crime by withholding sex from their gangster boyfriends until the violence stops. Comedy, 84 min., DVD, dir: Melvin James.
Michael Jackson Number Ones (2003) - A collection of Michael Jackson's music videos. Music Video, 91 min., DVD, dir: Steve Barron.
Mickey's Mellerdrama [aka Mickey and Simon Legree] (1933) - Mickey Mouse & gang stage Uncle Tom's Cabin. Children, 5 min., VHS, dir: Wilfred Jackson.
Middle of Nowhere (2014)- Winner of the Best Director Award (Ava DuVernay) at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Middle of Nowhere chronicles a young woman caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. Ruby, a bright medical student, sets aside her dreams when her husband is incarcerated. This new life challenges her to the very core, and her turbulent path propels her in new, often frightening directions of self-discovery. Drama, DVD, 92 min., dir: Ava DuVernay.
Middle Passage, The (2000) - The horrors of the slave trade are described by the voice of a deceased African slave (Djimon Hounsou) whose spirit haunts the ocean slave trade route between African and the Americas known as "The Middle Passage." Drama, 76 min., DVD, dir: Guy Deslauriers.
Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies (1994) - The documentary traces the history of race movies, between 1910 and WWII, when black producers, directors and actors turned out hundreds of films whose characters departed from the eye-ball rolling, shuffling and comically black. Clips include works from Oscar Micheaux. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Bestor Cram & Pearl Bowser.
Midnight Shadow (1939) - African American director George Randol tells the story of the black middle-class in Oxley, Oklahoma in which a wealthy man is murdered and everyone is suspect. Drama, 54 min., 16mm, dir: George Randol.
Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle: The Untold Story of Black Porters (1982) - The film chronicles the organizing of the first black trade union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. It provides an in-depth account of African American working life between the Civil War and World War II. Documentary, 59 min., 16mm, dir: Paul Wagner.
Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Former prize-fighter Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris (Morgan Freeman) observes the development of Maggie Fitzgerald's (Hilary Swank) boxing career from the vantage point of his maintenance job at trainer Frankie Dunn's (Clint Eastwood) gym. Freeman and Swank each won Academy Awards for their performances in this critically acclaimed film. Drama, 137 min., DVD, dir: Clint Eastwood.
Minnie the Moocher (1932) - Opens with Cab Calloway and his special "truckin'" act. Betty Boop is very distressed at having to listen to her parents' admonitions all the time and runs away with Bimbo. Spooks and goblins send her flying back home. Children, 8 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Dave Fleischer.
Minnie the Moocher and Many, Many More (1981) - Narrated by Calloway, the film tours Harlem night clubs of the 1930s and 1940s, where the careers of such stars as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Count Basie and Bill Robinson were developed. Included are clips of their performances. Documentary, 55 min., 16mm, dir: Manny Pittson.
Minorities in the College Classroom (1986) - This film, produced by Michigan State University, displays the multiple effects a college professor's sensitivity or insensitivity can have on a minority student. The film gives different examples of discrimination, so that future professors can learn from different situations. Documentary, 26 min., VHS, dir: Larry D. McMullen.
Minority, The (2006) - Jake Jackson is an outgoing person who just wants to fit in. Yet he mysteriously is subject to unfortunate events and a wide array of prejudices which steer him on a dangerous path. His luck changes, however, when he manages to capture a wanted serial killer. Action, 84 min., DVD, dir: Dwayne Buckle.
Miracle at St. Anna (2008) - This follows four black soldiers from the all-black 92nd Infantry Division who get trapped near a small Tuscan villiage in Italy during WWII, after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy. The story is inspired by the Ant'Anna di Stazzema massacre committed by the SS in reponse to the Italian partisan activity. Drama, 160 min., DVD, dir: Spike Lee.
Miracle in Harlem (1948) - Aunt Hattie (Hilda Offley), a kind old woman, and her niece Julie (Sheila Guyse) are swindled out of their candy store by the son of the owner of a chain of candy stores. The owner of the chain is killed and many are suspected, including Julie. Stepin Fetchit plays Swifty who works for Aunt Hattie and Julie, but not too assiduously. Drama, 69 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Jack Kemp.
Miss Evers’ Boys (1997) - Based on the true story of the Tuskegee Experiment, Miss Evers’ Boys stars Alfre Woodard as Nurse Eunice Evers, who is invited to work on a federally funded program to treat syphilis patients in Alabama, offering free treatment for those who test positive for the disease. But when the government withdraws its funding, money is offered for what will become known as “The Tuskegee Experiment,” a study of the effects of syphilis on patients who do not receive treatment, conducted primarily on African American men without their knowledge. Also starring Laurence Fishburne and Obba Babatunde. Winner of four Emmy Awards. Drama, 188 min., DVD, dir: Joseph Sargent.
Miss Fluci Moses (1987) - The film uses interviews and photographs to tell the story of librarian and poet Fluci Moses, who is herself on-camera most of the time. She and other readers relate the story of black life in America through her and other readers' poems. Documentary, 22 min., VHS, dir: Alile Sharon Larkin.
Mississippi Blues (1983) - The unique folk music of the deep South and the difficult lifestyle that cultivated it are explored in this film by two famous directors. In English and French with English subtitles. Documentary, 92 min., VHS, dir: Bertrand Tavernier & Robert Parrish.
Mississippi Burning (1988) - Inspired by the actual event of three murdered civil rights workers, the film focuses on FBI agents Anderson (Gene Hackman) and Ward (Willem Dafoe) as they investigate the murders. Police officers are actually KKK members who burn black property, harass and kill black citizens. Badja Djola plays Agent Bird; Frankie Faison, the church pastor. Drama, 127 min., VHS, dir: Alan Parker.
Mississippi Damned (2012) - Three poor black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence. Drama, 120 min., DVD, dir: Tina Mabry.
Mixing Nia (1998) - Nia (Karyn Parsons) Quits her copy writer job to pursue her dream to write a novel. she is torn between her white male co-worker and close friend (Eric Thal), and her black writing coach (Isaiah Washington) who both romantically interested in her. Has some funny, culturally pointed moments. Drama, 93 min., DVD, dir: Alison Swan.
Mm-Meg! (n.d.) - A surreal adventure of one man's out-of-mind and out-of-body experience that ends with the freedom and revenge he seeks. Newly paralyzed Jimmy has trouble adjusting to his condition and remembers his life before paralysis. His caretakers have malicious intentions. Drama, 23 min., DVD, dir: Samuel Sullivan.
Mo' Better Blues (1990) - The first fiction film on black music by a black director since Gordon Parks, Sr.'s Leadbelly (1976). Spike Lee's film stars Denzel Washington as Bleek, a rising New York trumpeter trapped between the affections of two women, played by Joie Lee and Cynda Williams. He resists a commitment to either. Samuel L. Jackson is Madlock; Ernest Dickerson, cinematographer. Drama, 129 min., VHS, dir: Spike Lee.
Momentum: A Conversation with Black Women on Achieving Graduate Degrees (2010) – Zeinabu irene Davis’ video is inspired an exciting 36-hour period when four African American women at University of California, San Diego finished a major hurdle in the completion of their PhDs—two women completed the qualifying examinations and two others achieved their PhDs. The conversation is complemented by the maker’s own reflections on being a university faculty member for 20 years. Documentary short, 19 min., DVD, dir: Zeinabu irene Davis.
Mona Lisa (1986) - George (Bob Hoskins) has recently been released from prison only to find that his mob boss wants him to chauffeur high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson) around London. Despite his initial dislike, George falls in love with Simone only to find out she has a lover, Cathy (Kate Hardie). Stephen Persaud is the "black youth." Drama, 104 min., VHS, dir: Neil Jordan.
Monday's Girls (1993) - This documentary follows the rites of passages of two girls from the niger River delta. Florence embraces the tradition, whereas Azikiwe, who has been in the city for ten years, no longer finds value in these old customs. The five week ceremony is conducted by Monday Moses, an elder women of the village. Documentary, 50 min., DVD, dir: Ngozi Onwurah.
Money'll Eat You Up (1992) - Film's theme is a negative view of the effects of money on society. It tells the story of Samuel Brickman, a former CEO who was involved in a divorce for his money. Due to the effect of money, he decided to give up everything he owned and live in a park. He spends his days "preaching" about the destructive effects of money. After witnessing a murder, things get worse for Samuel! Drama, 24 min., Betacam SP, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Monique (1990) - Using a childhood experience of racial bigotry at school, Welbon looks at the ways in which racism is ingrained in American society, even in the play of children. Her film is an exploration of identity and memory. Documentary, 3 min., VHS, dir: Yvonne Welbon.
Monkey Business (1926) - With the gang always picking on Farina, he becomes allies with a monkey that has escaped from a sideshow. The ape has a unique talent: it can fight better than anyone. Between the gang and the monkey, they wreak havoc in a quiet town. Allen Hoskins stars as Farina. Comedy, 11 min., 16mm, dir: Robert F. McGowen.
Monster's Ball (2001) - Set in the South, Monster's Ball tells of the evolving love story between Hank (Billy Bob Thorton), a Georgia prison guard, and Leticia (Halle Berry), a black woman who just lost her husband Lawrence (Sean 'Puffy' Combs) to execution on Death Row. As their story unfolds, Hank discovers that he helped to coordinate the execution of Leticia's late husband. Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance becoming ther first African American Actress to do so. Drama, 112 min., DVD, dir: Marc Forster.
Moolaadé (2004) - Six girls from a rural village in Burkina Faso escape from a female circumcision ritual. Two leave the village while four others hide in the home of a woman who refuses to allow her daughter to be circumcised. The woman hides the girls using a moolaadé security spell, but this is not enough to change hundreds of years of tradition and conservative thinking. Drama, 124 min., DVD, dir: Ousmane Sembène.
Moon Over Harlem (1939) - A Harlem widow unwittingly marries a double-talking gangster who is involved in the numbers racket. Some complexities of black life in Harlem are shown in the context of a musical melodrama. Music by Donald Heywood. Drama, 67 min., DVD, dir: Edgar G. Ulmer.
Mooz-lum (2011) - Amid a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he's never had, Tariq enters college confused. New peers, family and mentors help him find his place, but the 9-11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Qasim Basir.
More Than a Month (1993) - A music video produced by HBO about how Black history is more than just a month. The singer tells of different historical events and people as he dances and sings. Music Video, 6 min., VHS, dir: n/a.
More Time (1993) - In this film dedicated to promote sex education, a young teenage Zimbabwean girl faces the temptations of alcohol, friends, sex, and love. She must steer her way through hard situations while protecting herself. Drama, 90 min., VHS, dir: Isaac Mabhikwa.
Morning Bath, A (1896) - The archive is in possession of about 10 seconds of early footage depicting a black woman washing her baby. Documentary, 1 min., VHS, dir: n/a.
Mortu Nega (1993) - Dramatizes the consolidation of an independent Guinea-Bissau in 1974 and 1975 through the figure os Diminga, a guerllia fighter, and her loyalty to her husband and revoltionary comrade Sako. Drama, 93 min., VHS, dir: Flora Gomes.
Mother of George (2013) - Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family. Drama, 107 min., DVD, dir: Andrew Waheed Dosunmu.
Mother of the River (1995) - In this poignant story set in the 1850s, a young slave girl befriends a magical woman in the woods called Mother of the River. Through their friendship the girl learns about independence, honor, humility and respect for others. Drama, 30 min., VHS, dir: Zeinabu irene Davis.
Mourning Alex (n.d.) - A woman writes a letter to a man named Alex about how she misses him and remembers their time together. Drama, 9 min., DVD, dir: Dannielle Lott.
Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema (2000) - This documentary explores the obscure topic of independent African-American filmmaking before World War II. Clips of films by Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, and Eloyce Gist are included; some of the DVD bonuses are two complete films, The Blood of Jesus and Go Down Death. Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: Tom Thurman.
Moving (1988) - After Roy Henderson (John Wesley) fires his transportation engineer, Arlo Pear (Richard Pryor), the Pear family is thrown into chaos. When Arlo accepts a job in Boise, Idaho, his teenage daughter Casey (Stacey Dash) refuses to leave New Jersey. His wife, Monica (Beverly Todd) suggests he work instead at her father's mustard factory, and his twin sons Marshall (Raphael Harris) and Randy (Ishmael Harris) reject the idea as vehemently as the others. Comedy, 89 min., VHS, dir: Alan Metter.
Muerte de un Burocrata, La (1966) - A union worker dies and his card is accidently buried with him. In order to collect pension from her husband's death, the widow and her nephew must attempt to convince authorities to dig up the man in order to prove their story. Comedy, 85 min., DVD, dir: Tomas Gutierrez Alea.
Muhammad Ali (1989) - Tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali produced by HBO Sports. Documentary, 57 min., VHS, dir: Marc Payton.
Muhammad Ali, the Greatest [aka Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee] (1974) - A factual biography of Ali's ring career, covering 15 months, from February, 1964 bout with Sonny Liston, when he won the heavyweight title to May of 1965 when he won the rematch. The film also focuses on Ali's relationship with Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan and other Nation members. Documentary, 111 min., DVD, dir: William Klein.
Murder in Harlem (1935) - A young woman is murdered at the National Chemical Labs and the nightwatchman is arrested. The scene shifts back 3 years when a man falls in love with a woman but is unable to express his true feelings. Three years later, the man is a lawyer and the woman he loved is the sister of the nightwatchman who is on trial for murder. Together they find the real murderer and fall in love in the process. Drama, 102 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Oscar Micheaux.
Murder of Crows, A (1998) - Lawson Russell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), a disbarred lawyer, publishes as his the manuscript of a writer who dies soon after giving the manuscript to the attorney to read. The book becomes a best-seller, but the murders described in the plagiarized book, A Murder of Crows, coincide with other real deaths and this makes the police to arrest Russell as a serial killer. Drama, 101 min., DVD, dir: Rowdy Herrington.
Murder of Emmett Till, The (2003) - The documentary revisits the 1955 murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, for whistling at a white woman. The murder, the funeral, and the trial of the white perpetrators became catalysts for the Civil Rights Movement. Documentary, 53 min., DVD, dir: Stanley Nelson.
Murder of Fred Hampton, The (1971) - This film began as a documentary on the Chicago Black Panther Party and its chairman Fred Hampton. Midway through the film Fred Hampton and fellow panther Mark Clark were killed. The film then became an investigation of their murder. Documentary, 88 min., DVD, dir: Howard Alk.
Murder on Lenox Ave. (1941) - Murder on Lenox Avenue is a black gangster film with a modern "Othello-like" story line. Scored by Donald Heywood; Mamie Smith sings one song. Drama, 65 min., VHS, dir: Arthur Dreifus.
Music by Prudence (2010) - Music by Prudence tells a self-empowering story of one young woman's struggle who, together with her band, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and, in her own voice conveys to the world that "disability does not mean inability." Drama, 32 min., DVD, dir: Roger Ross Williams.
Murder with Music (1941) - Music and dance numbers embellished by a murder mystery which involves a young woman who works at a cabaret as a performer and her former boyfriend who escapes from prison. Music performed by Noble Sissle and his Orchestra. Drama, 57 min., VHS, dir: George P. Quigley.
Music is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown, Jr. (2005) - The life and works of songwriter, playwright, and political activist Oscar Brown Jr. is explored through archival footage and interviews with Brown himself, Al Freemen Jr., Abbey Lincoln, Amiri Baraka, Nichelle Nichols, Studs Terkel, and others. Three disc set: disc one is the movie, disc two is songs, disc three is poetry. Documentary, 110 min., DVD, dir: donnie l. betts.
M-Virus, The (1999) - Music video of "The M-Virus" by Metabolics. Music Video, 3 min., VHS, dir: Booker T. Mattison.
My Body My Soul (2004) - Jeff's pregnant wife Anita died in a tragic car accident. Or did she? Jeff sees Anita all the time, is he going crazy or is there something else happening? Drama, 80 min., DVD, dir: Afam Okereke.
My Brother's Wedding (1983) - Pierce Monday (Everett Silas) works in his family's dry cleaning business in Watts (Los Angeles). His family loyalty is tested when he has to decide whether to attend the funeral of his best friend (Ronnie Bell) or his brother Wendell's (Dennis Kemper) wedding. Gaye Shannon-Burnett plays Wendell's fiancee Sonia; Frances Nealy and Sy Richardson play Sonia's mother and father. Drama, 116 min., DVD, dir: Charles Burnett.
My Footsteps in Baragua (1996) - The history of an extensive West Indian community in Cuba consisting of people from Jamaica, Barbados, and other Caribbean islands is described in this documentary by Afro-Cuban director Gloria Rolando. Documentary, 53 min., VHS, dir: Gloria Rolando.
My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Our Hair-itage (2004) - This documentary chronicles the historical and cultural evolution of black hairstyles. Documentary, 22 min., DVD, dir: Jay Bluemke.
My Voice (Nha fala) (2002) - The beautiful Vita (Fatou N'Diaye) leaves West Africa to study in Paris. Before her departure, her mother (Bia Gomes) reminds her of the family curse: if a woman in their family sings, she will be struck dead. In Paris, Vita falls in love with a French musician, Pierre (Jean-Christophe Dolle), who urges her to sing and record an album. The success of the album in France convinces Vita that the curse is only a superstition. Drama, 110 min., DVD, dir: Flora Gomes.
Mz Medusa (1998) - Ms. Thomas is an innovative fourth grade teacher in South Central Los Angeles who wears dreadlocks. When several boys from another class make fun of her hair by calling her Miss Medusa, she surprises her class by approving of her new name. Drama, 29 min., VHS, dir: Alile Sharon Larkin.
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