Monday, February 21, 2011

On the Shoulders of Giants, ON DEMAND through March 2011

BDC Member Rafee Kamaal, Associate Producer
VOD on Time Warner, Comcast and Cox Cable now through March 2011

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar is the Executive Producer of this feature-length documentary which honors a group of sports pioneers who have been all but forgotten.  The New York Renaissance Big Five, affectionately known as the Harlem Rens, became the embodiment of a new attitude among African Americans who fought to be recognized for their abilities rather than for the color of their skin. They were the precursors to those brave men and women who, twenty years later, would found the Civil Rights Movement.  This story finds its footing in the rhythms of jazz, and its roots in the Harlem Renaissance.  On the Shoulders of Giants celebrates the legacy of a magical game – and the basketball heroes on whose shoulders today’s players stand on.

On the Shoulders of Giants plays February and March on Time Warner, Comcast and Cox Cable's Video on Demand platforms.

It's the story of the best basketball team that you probably never heard of, named the Harlem Rens.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter Television Broadcast Premiere - February 9, 2011

BDC Member Sabrina S. Gordon's documentary, Mrs. Goundo's Daughter AIRS TODAY FEBRUARY 9TH ON PBS @ 8AM, 2PM, 7PM, AND 12AM!!

AfroPoP Presents on PBS World:

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter, the story of a young Malian mother's fight for asylum in the U.S. to protect her daughter from the tradition of ritual genital cutting.  Shot in Philadelphia and Mali, the film raises awareness about the practice affecting millions of girls worldwide, and opens up a dialogue about the intersection of sexism and sexuality, and its impact on women's health and well-being. 

Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter premiered in the U.S. at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival at Lincoln Center and at the Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival.

NYC on WNET/WLIW Cablevision 132, Time Warner 164, Verizon Fios 473

PHILADELPHIA on WHYY/Y-Info Comcast 258, over the air on 12.3 and FIOS 473 or 512

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter REVIEWS:

Another heart-wrenching testament to the integrity and solidarity of women in the face of staggering adversity, Mrs. Goundo's Daughter follows the efforts of a West African woman living in Philadelphia to secure the asylum she thinks will save her two-year-old daughter from [genital mutilation]. 
[The filmmakers] demonstrate a nerve-shredding talent for cinematic juxtaposition—throughout, they intercut Goundo's legal nightmare with the lead-up to a mass female circumcision in Mali—that avoids feeling trivial.

—Ed Gonzalez, The Village Voice, June 10-17, 2009

Eye-opening look at a young Malian mother seeking asylum in the U.S. to protect her daughter from female genital cutting examines both sides of the issue without judgment or condescension by letting those closest to the subject matter do the talking.

—New York Magazine June 15-22, 2009

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Recoloration Proclamation" at Harlem Stage - February 16th, 2011

This multimedia event is about the making of John Sims' film, Recoloration Proclamation, as a series of shorts quilted together documenting the artist's response to the Confederate flag. The film will explore his controversial work as well as the various public responses, and the complexity and counter-intuitive dynamics that frame the confederate flag around the issues of races, visual terrorism/pride and Southern Heritage. 

Sims is a political polymath artist creating projects spanning  the areas of mathematics, art, text/performance and political-media activism. His main projects are informed by the vocabulary of mathematical structure, the politics of sacred symbols and poetry as ally to the visual arts. His work has been featured in Nature, Sculpture, NYArts, Science News, CNN , New York Times and the Washington Post.

Video intro by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, 7:30-9:30pm
Harlem Stage
150 Convent Avenue
New York, NY

RSVP NOW!  ( or call 212.281.9240 ext. 19/20)