The Abominable Crime
The Abominable Crime, at heart, is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s troubled love for his country. It gives voice to Jamaicans like Simone Edwards, who survives an anti-gay shooting, and Maurice Tomlinson, a leading activist who is forced to flee the country after being outed.
Told as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotional journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians and offer intimate first-person perspectives on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
AfroPunk Presents The Triptych
AFROPUNK presents the Triptych is a unique and profound documentary film series profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time: artists whose talent spans the gamut from interdisciplinary to photography and performance. Produced by AFROPUNK Pictures, the documentary is itself a work of art, featuring three intimate 25-minute conversations with three bold and culturally resonant voices in art. Each monologue is a reflection of their life experiences, letting the viewer discover how their observations have shaped the art they create.
The first in the series features Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne—contemporaries, luminaries and friends. Their keen reflections on the world are at once startling and insightful.
Sound of Torture
Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled their military dictator-ruled country towards Israel. The only way out is across the Sinai desert in Egypt. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers and taken to camps where they are tortured and raped as they are forced to call their relatives begging for ransom for their release.
Told through the eyes of an increasingly empowered heroine, The Carrier is a powerful and moving portrait of an unconventional family, set against the backdrop of the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia. This lyrical film follows Mutinta Mweemba, a 28-year-old subsistence farmer living in a polygamous marriage. After learning she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mutinta sets out to keep her unborn child virus-free and to break the cycle of transmission.
In 2009, in Senegal, where “football is king,” a women’s football street tournament is organized for the first time by the association Ladies’ Turn. Despite the passionate commitment of Seyni, the former captain of the women’s national team, and of the women and men that fight at her side, the game is far from won.
Defying taboos and prejudices, the girls play on the fields for a growing audience. Will they be allowed to go all the way and play the game they love?
John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins was an ordinary man of modest means. He was a good father, grandfather and husband; an obedient public servant. Yet the most vivid part of his life was lived in was a small workshop beneath his house. In there, at the end of his workday, he made things. From simple push toys to elaborate 1/16th scale waterline battle ship models and dockyards, miniature furniture and dolls houses, he painstakingly constructed everything from scratch, sometimes spending upwards of a year on a single model. Smallman is an exploration of the worlds, both real and imagined, that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as told by his son Richard.
A teacher asks his pupils what they want to do when they grow up. While his classmates answer lightly and with great fun, Tom a quiet 10-year-old boy slips away. When his turn comes to speak, Tom embarks himself upon a striking monologue. With passion, humor and bewildering maturity he describes three possible life choices that will inevitably lead him to dramatic ends. At the end of his monologue Tom gets back to the essence of the question and answers with cleverness and panache.
For more information on issues in the film, and to learn more about the filmmaker, visit this blog post on BlackPublicMedia.org.
AUNTIE is a middle-aged seamstress and respected caregiver in her rural Barbadian community. 12-year-old KERA is her latest ward and a special child to whom she has grown uncharacteristically close. Seven years after Kera’s mother emigrates to England in search of a better life, Auntie is confronted with the day she long dreaded when the plane ticket arrives that will reunite Kera with her mom.
To learn more about the filmmaker and the issues tackled in “Auntie”, click here to read the blog post on BlackPublicMedia.org.
A twenty- year- old Haitian woman, Sandrine and her brother thirteen -year- old brother Etienne are being transported from Haiti to the Bahamas in the hold of a dilapidated wooden vessel filled with sever al other immigrants in search of a better life. During the journey, a young woman gets violently ill. A rule of the sea in transportin g persons dictates that when a person gets violently ill; they have to be thrown off the boat to limit spread of disease. Sandrine protests this rule but the woman is thrown overboard nonetheless. Shortly thereafter, Sandrine notices that her brother is exhibiting the same symptoms of the unlucky woman so Sandrine will have to use her smarts and strength to save her brother’s life.