Forty Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Most widely held works by Forty Acres & a Mule Filmworks
When the levees broke a requiem in four acts ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,927 libraries worldwide
The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Many were shocked, not only by the scale of the disaster, but the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery efforts. Structured into four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale.
Malcolm X ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 1,709 libraries worldwide
Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.
4 little girls ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,551 libraries worldwide
When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern.
Do the right thing ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and French and held by 1,507 libraries worldwide
Traces the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.
Malcolm X ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 1,127 libraries worldwide
Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.
Miracle at St. Anna ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,058 libraries worldwide
August 1944. Follows four black soldiers of the all-black 92nd Infantry Division who get trapped near the small Tuscan village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema on the Gothic Line during the Italian Campaign of World War II. One of the men will risk his life to save an Italian boy who lives in the city where the Waffen-SS have massacred most of the citizens of the town in retaliation for Italian partisan activity. A sculpted head from the Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence is a focal point.
Do the right thing ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and Italian and held by 1,057 libraries worldwide
"The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise, "--Container.
Jungle fever ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 834 libraries worldwide
A black architect begins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Their relationship causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors.
25th hour ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 820 libraries worldwide
Monty Brogan is facing a seven year prison sentence for dealing drugs. On the night before he has to go to prison, he decides to go out with his friends one last time, and re-examines his life in the process.
Love & basketball ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 772 libraries worldwide
This film is divided into the quarters of a basketball game and tells the story of Quincy and Monica. It traces their lives as they run parallel and run apart -- from childhood, to high school, to college -- concluding with Quincy and Monica as adults. Both play basketball and each dreams of playing on a professional level. For Quincy, it is easier and expected since he is the son of a professional ballplayer. Monica has it harder being both a woman when there was no professional league, and as a daughter whose mother cannot understand why her daughter wants to be an athlete.
He got game ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 762 libraries worldwide
A prisoner is granted a furlough in hopes of persuading his estranged son, the country's top high school basketball player, to attend the governor's alma mater.
Bamboozled ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 756 libraries worldwide
"In a searing parody of American television, Bamboozled takes a humorous look at how race, ratings and the pursuit of power lead to a network executive's stunning rise and tragic downfall."--Container.
Get on the bus ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 699 libraries worldwide
Follows a group of different men traveling from Los Angeles to the march in Washington, D.C. On the way they will make friends, make enemies, and make history.
Summer of Sam ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 552 libraries worldwide
In the summer of 1977 in New York City, a man called the Son of Sam commits numerous murders. As friends in a small Italian neighborhood become obsessed with the idea that the Son of Sam is someone nearby, the madman's plague of terror becomes the catalyst that prompts relationships to fall apart and trust to disintegrate into dread.
Clockers ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 548 libraries worldwide
Two brothers grow up together in the same Brooklyn housing projects, but they are as opposite as good and evil. Victor Dunham has a family, works two jobs and leads a respectable life. His 19-year-old brother, Strike, hangs out with his friends on a bench and sells crack cocaine. Strike agrees to kill a rival dealer as a favor to Rodney, the neighborhood drug kingpin, but when the man is murdered, it is Victor who confesses. Detective Rocco Kleine won't buy Victor's confession, and begins to attempt to break down the stories of both brothers in order to save Victor.
Passing strange ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 539 libraries worldwide
A young man leaves behind his mother and life in a Los Angeles neighborhood and sets out on a journey of self-discovery in Europe during the 1970s in order to find his purpose in life through his music. A theatrical stage production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
If God is willing and da creek don't rise ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 507 libraries worldwide
This follow-up to director Spike Lee's documentary, When the levees broke: a requiem in four acts, focuses on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Bookending stories of individual heartache and perseverance are two momentous events: the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory by the New Orleans Saints and the disastrous British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The original kings of comedy ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 479 libraries worldwide
A concert film featuring performances by four major African American stand-up comedians. Includes backstage footage and interviews.
She's gotta have it ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 455 libraries worldwide
"When it comes to love, Nola Darling has gotta problem: she's just gotta have 'it.' And she's having a hard time deciding who'll give 'it' the best. Choosing between a romantic-but-possessive nice guy, a flashy-but-vain fashion model and a fast-riding but faster-talking bicyclist, Nola finds that lessons in love can be enlightening, heart-rending, but mostly--exasperating!"--Container.
School daze ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 422 libraries worldwide
A music-filled, off-beat contemporary comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life.
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