In this collaboration between co-producers and co-writers Laura L. Fowler and Al Santana, director Al Santana weaves this experimental structure into a story that focuses on two sisters with opposite views about social responsibility, the role of the artist and their quest for understanding. Aliyah, a self-styled revolutionary filmmaker, is producing a documentary about the 1960′s black power movement. Her sister Valerie is a poet whose work centers on themes of sensuality and love. They challenge each other on the purity of art and the need for art to inspire social change. Together, they discover a politicized Lorraine Hansberry. “One People” explores serious political issues in very human terms.” St.Clair Bourne, Producer/Director, Chamba Media Works
In this collaboration between filmmakers Al Santana, Rico Speight and Third World Newsreel, Military Option explores the U.S. government’s policy of youth recruitment to combat an endless “war on terrorism”, and its impact for many of today’s youth, their families and friends.Our primary subjects, two young males of color, one Asian and the other African-American go under cover to hear what recruiters have to tell them about the various opportunities that await them if they sign up.
VOICES OF THE GODS
Voices of the Gods, produced and directed in 1985 by Al Santana is a 58 min. 16mm film/video that examines the Akan and Yoruba religions, two West African traditions practiced in the United States today. The film focuses on their cosmologies, their use of music, dance and medicine in various ceremonies and rituals. The film includes contemporary and historical examples of the influences of these religions in secular African-American culture, which in turn influenced mainstream American society, more through culture than religion, and in some ways, even politics.
Durban 400 is a 53 minute documentary about a group of grassroots activists of the same name who, in the fall of 2001, attended the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance’s. Their goal was to address the issue of reparations for the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, and colonialism as crimes against humanity. Shot in cinema verite´ style the video, co-produced with Iman Drammeh of the Drammeh Institute, follows the group as they develop lobbying strategies, educate its members about political issues related to racism and colonialism, stage demonstrations, and march with South African labor groups in a show of solidarity against globalism, racism, and landlessness.
IN THE SPIRIT OF PEACE
While the Bush administration, the pentagon and corporate media were saber rattling in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, there were groups from all over New York City who were calling for peace. ”In The Spirit of Peace” is a 9-minute documentary video that focuses on one such group from New York’s Yoruba and Akan communities who went against the grain and staged a peace march and rally in Brooklyn, New York.
SALTY DOG BLUES
This 52-minute documentary, currently distributed by Third World Newsreel, looks at men and women of color in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1938-1975. Through chronicling the lives of these men and women who, with a median age of 82, are beset with a host of life-threatening illnesses, the movie tells how they navigated issues of racism, disparities in the workplace, gender and familial relations. The movie shows the physical and emotional strain of not having health benefits that were promised at the time of enlistment. It is an intimate look at the potentially devastating consequences of stagnant pension plans, the eradication of medical benefits, and how the elder mariners are organizing to fight back against these injustices.
A dark comedy about two African-American siblings trying to console their mom who is depressed over the untimely death of her sister. She refuses to eat and
has confined herself to the bathroom in her brownstone in Bedford Styuvesant, Brooklyn.