Director: Mats Hjelm
Producer: Claes Herrlander, Herrlander Pictures
Executive Producer: Tom Powers
In Coproduction with SVT, Executive Producer Axel Arnö
Funding from The Swedish Film Institute, Film Commissioner Tove Torbiörnsson
The stark reality and contrast of these headlines point out the dichotomy of America today. A Black man has attained the highest office in the world, while according to the New York Times, Black men are "sleeping through the holocaust".
One only has to look to the city of Detroit, once a model of upward mobility for blacks in America. Jobs having long migrated overseas, it now sits as a mere shell of its former self – vultures literally picking at the bones of its once great buildings – stripping them of everything from wire to copper pipes. How is it even possible for the African American men of this once proud City to conceive of a way out of the double jeopardy of crime and unemployment - let alone take positive steps toward the future?
Black Nation is a documentary feature film that takes a hard, uncompromising look at the state of Black men in America today through the prism of the streets of Detroit and the City's controversial Shrine of the Black Madonna. The Church's focus on delivering pragmatic programs centered around economic self sufficiency, is a model for Black America today, as it searches for solutions to seemingly impossible problems. Set within the framework of a Father's day service, the film tracks the despair of its congregation while at the same time showing the way forward with great hope and dignity. They are leading by example.
About the Director:
Swedish director and internationally renowned video artist, Mats Hjelm, has a deep personal connection to the City and the Church. This connection began with his filmmaker father's documentation of the 1967 Detroit uprising, the Church's part in this seminal event and the filming of Stokely Carmichael's (Black Panther Party) 1968 fundraising tour of Europe. Segments of this historic footage are included in the film. His connection was further deepened through his formal education at Michigan's prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. Wonderfully shot in HD, the result is a beautiful film unlike any other that will deeply affect your view of America today.
A feature length, not for for profit documentary that looks into the world of banking and fiat currency using scenes from various movies and media sources from across the galaxy. It is made to analyse the actions taken by government and the people in the midst of the financial crises. This feature length documentary is made by Dejavusion Productions and Lucas Media using a variety of sources, using inspiration from a wide spectrum the documentary is built into chapters and can be viewed at your leisure. The thoughts and expressions examined in this video do not necessarily reflect those that feature.
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This film investigated the Jamaican trade in crack and cocaine from Kingston to Miami and beyond. Known as Yardies, Jamaican organized crime had its roots in the poor areas of the city but also grew on the back of corrupt politicians from the country's two main political parties. This 1994 film talked to gang leaders, informers and U.S. law enforcement officials, who described the Yardies as the most ruthless and vicious criminal organization in the world.
'An excellent job in analyzing the corrupt, impoverished state of much of Jamaican society....chilling', wrote the Times (22.1.94). 'Excellent' said the Daily Mail (26.1.94). The Guardian described the film as a 'death-defying' and 'scary profile of a new breed of gangsters'.
Reporter: Jon Silverman
Executive Producer: Glynn Jones
Produced and Directed by Phil Rees