L.A. Rebellion Creating a New Black Cinema
In the late 1960s, in the aftermath of the Watts Uprising and against the backdrop of the continuing Civil Rights Movement and the escalating Vietnam War, a group of African and African-American students entered the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, as part of an Ethno-Communications initiative designed to be responsive to communities of color (also including Asian, Chicano and Native American communities). Now referred to as the "L.A. Rebellion," these mostly unheralded artists created a unique cinematic landscape, as — over the course of two decades — students arrived, mentored one another and passed the torch to the next group.
Beyond the films themselves, what makes the L.A. Rebellion movement a discovery worthy of a place in film history is the vitality of its filmmakers, their utopian vision of a better society, their sensitivity to children and gender issues, their willingness to question any and all received wisdom, their identification with the liberation movements in the Third World, and their expression of Black pride and dignity.
While the L.A. Rebellion produced a host of feature films, this DVD set focuses on the many short films produced by the group, representing a broad range of filmmakers.

3 x DVD9 | NTSC | 6.16 Gb + 6.69 Gb + 7.19 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Short

Disc One: Africa and Diaspora

1. The Diary of an African Nun (dir. Julie Dash, 1977)
2. African Woman, U.S.A. (dir. Ijeoma Iloputaife, 1980)
3. L.A. in my mind... (dir. O Funmilayo Makarah, 2006)
4. Black Art, Black Artists (dir. Elyseo J. Taylor, 1971)
5. Festival of Mask (dir. Don Amis, 1982)
6. Bellydancing: A History & An Art (dir. Alicia Dhanifu, 1979)
7. Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (dir. Barbara McCullough, 1979)
8. I & I: An African Allegory (dir. Ben Caldwell, 1979)
9. Hour Glass (dir. Haile Gerima, 1971)

Disc Two: We Are Family

1. Your Children Come Back to You (dir. Alile Sharon Larkin, 1979)
2. Rich (dir. S. Torriano Berry, 1982)
3. The Single Parent: Images in Black (dir. M. Storme Bright, 1978)
4. Fragrance (dir. Gay Abel-Bey, 1985)
5. Dark Exodus (dir. Iverson White, 1985)
6. Shipley Street (dir. Jacqueline Frazier, 1981)
7. Forbidden Joy (dir. Imelda Sheen, 1972)

Disc Three: Day By Day

1. Several Friends (dir. Charles Burnett, 1969)
2. The Pocketbook (dir. Billy Woodberry, 1980)
3. A Little Off Mark (dir. Robert Wheaton, 1986)
4. A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan (dir. Jamaa Fanaka, 1972)
5. Cycles (dir. Zeinabu Irene Davis, 1989)
6. Brick by Brick (dir. Shirikiana Aina, 1982)
7. Daydream Therapy (dir. Bernard Nicolas, 1977)
8. As Above, So Below (dir. Larry Clark, 1973)
9. Rain (dir. Melvonna Ballenger, 1978)