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Desiree - directed by Felix de Rooy
Director: Felix de Rooy
From: Netherland/USA
Year: 1984 African Film Minutes: 96
Language: English subtitles
Genre: drama

Set in Brooklyn, New York this Dutch film is based on a true story that appeared on a New York newspaper in 1980.

Desirée lives in the past. A series of flashbacks expose us to her psychologically troubled childhood very much affected by a promiscous mother. Her present life evolves around three people: her employer Mrs. Resnick, Freddy, her lover and Father Siego, leader of the church "The True Confessors".

Desirée's relationship with each one of these characters is at the origin of her falling apart. Freddy is an insecure black man who finishes their love affair with a sad note, Father Siego is the leader of a rigid narrow-minded religious sect and Mrs Resnick is a racist, prejudiced white woman who feels black people are inferior and incapable of living their own live.

Rejected by all because of her pregnancy, Desirée blames her child as the source of evil. She is then possessed by evil and wants to exorcise it. The only way is to get rid of her daughter...


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DVD sale: $195
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Family Motel


Director: Helene Klodawsky
From: Canada
Year: 2007 Minutes: 88
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Family Motel

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Raising teenaged daughters is not easy, especially for Ayan, a Somalian refugee living in Canada who also supports a husband and two sons left behind in Somalia. Living in her small Vancouver apartment with her daughters -- Nasrah, 17, and Leila, 15 -- Ayan is trying to keep everything together, but is evicted from her apartment for late payment. Because Ayan is unable to afford the soaring rents on her two service jobs, and the Canadian social services are unable to assist in placing her, she and her two daughters must move into a Family Motel. Ayan keeps her faith and dignity throughout these challenging times and, with great fortitude, strives to make the best of her difficult situation. Further drama ensues when Nasrah and Leila begin to rebel against their mother and start developing close relationships with the neighbors, who present characteristics quite different from what Ayan, a devout Muslim, is accustomed to.
DVD sale: $245

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Filling the Gap

FILLING THE GAP

USA, 2010, 83 min, docu-drama, English, TyroneYoung, dir

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Conceived as an effort to alter the way African-American children see themselves and their ancestors, this docu-drama highlights the inventive and inspired contributions of African-Americans in the 1840s, the period leading to the Civil War in American History.

Developed in collaboration with Florida-based historian Mary Fears to produce a historically accurate portrayal of the brave, compelling lives of African American skilled craftsmen, artists, inventors, and Union spies, the film is certain to enthrall young audiences with this overlooked facet of history.

DVD sale: $245

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FLMKR -
Director: John Carstarphen
From: USA
Year: 1999 - Minutes: 89
Language: English
Genre: satirical comedy

A provocative digital feature that dares to probe the question: What the f*ck is going on in American filmmaking? FLMKR is a quirky, comic thriller, which traces the odyssey of Jewish filmmaker Veronica Davidson, as professional setbacks are amplified by personal betrayals; then she realizes something more sinister has taken over the film industry in America. FLMKR explores the agonies of film making, from personal compromises, to the concessions required of an entertainment-addicted society. All seen through the eyes of one paranoid filmmaker, living and working in the heart of the “conspiracy capitol of the world”, Dallas, Texas.


DVD sale: $195
USA
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How to Conquer America in One Night

Director: Dany Laferriere
From: Canada/Haiti
Year: 2004 African Film Minutes: 96
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Romantic Comedy

 

Recipient of Zenith Prize (Best First Fiction Feature), Montreal World Film Festival 2004

Newly arrived in Montréal, and determined to conquer North America by charming blond-haired women, Gégé, a Haitian in his thirties, lands up at Fanfan's - his nostalgic uncle who has given up poetry for a good old taxicab and dreams of returning to his homeland. Over the course of one night filled with humor and friendship -- highlighted by a party attended by twins Andrée and Denise, two Quebecers with contrasting charms -- the two fun-loving guys take stock of their lives, memories and fantasies. Meanwhile, on television, various celebrities draw up a comic portrait of North American society.

"A shrewd, funny, humane and very well-written and acted comedy from Haitian-born Montreal writer Dany Laferriere (author of "How To Make Love To a Negro Without Getting Tired" and "On the Verge of a Fever"), who makes a lively directorial debut with this comic-dramatic tale."
~ Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune


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Stand Down Soldier

STAND DOWN SOLDIER

The life of women in the military is seldom portrayed. The drama “Stand Down Soldier” by Jeryl  Prescott Sale, tells the story of Sergeant Stacy Armstrong who returns home from three deployments suffering with Paustromatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Soon after her return, she and her husband find their 20-year marriage is about to be another casualty of war. Infidelity, addiction, and a tragic accident test the couple’s commitment.

This fiction film explores some of the issues many returning soldiers confront in their civil life including mental health issues, loneliness, and drug addiction for self-medication.


DVD sale: $295

Director: Jeryl Prescott Sales
From: USA
Year: 2014- Minutes: 82 minsimage
Language : English
Genre: Drama

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What's Your Verdict? -
Director: Anthony Metchie
From: Canada
Year: 1995 - Minutes: 92
Language: English
Genre: drama

A psychological drama about the outcome of choices we make in life. This film is a positive message to all those who have faced difficulties in life and to the people who are affected by their decisions to cope with it.
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Canada
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