***In response to the COVID 19 pandemic and the many loved ones we have lost in our communities, this film has been made available for free.
For guidance on funerals and burials in New York City, please visit: on.nyc.gov/377mqaJ
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life.
“The morbid meets the deeply spiritual in Christine Turner’s assured documentary. . . Ms. Turner captures the intimacy of solemn, heartfelt moments, and salutes a man who honors their value.”
— Andy Webster, The New York Times
“Exquisitely tender. . . one of those rare opportunities to go toward the thing we fear most—death—and realize how much joy and comfort there is in it, when handled with grace and care. Thoughtful and enlightening.”
— Hank Stuever, The Washington Post
“Watching [Isaiah Owens’] gentle face . . . and hearing him explain his interest in laying the dead to rest . . . we know instinctively that his presence on earth is a gift to all who meet him, living or dead.”
— Nancy deWolf Smith, The Wall Street Journal
“A poetically crafted exploration . . . poignant, inspirational and unexpectedly uplifting.”
— Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine
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