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JUSTICE MATTERS

The House on Coco Road

DAMANI BAKER
USA, Grenada, 2016
79 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Damani Baker, with:
April 22 - M.C. Kojo Nnamdi, (host of the Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour on WAMU 88.5 FM)
April 25 - M.C. Netfa Freeman (political analyst and Events Coordinator at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-host/producer Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM).

On the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, you won't find a more intimate and revealing history of that momentous period than Damani Baker's The House on Coco Road, a portrait of the filmmaker's mother, Fannie Haughton. A student and compatriot of Angela Davis, Haughton was a specialist in early childhood education and had her own place in the movement. During the Reagan presidency, when Oakland became overrun with drugs, Haughton made a bold move: She took her own kids, including Damani, to Grenada, to live in a truly revolutionary society. Then the United States invaded the island nation. With seeming ease, Baker coaxes out of the eloquent Ms. Haughton the thread that runs from her southern sharecropper ancestors to a life in California and, despite all, a view to utopia. The film's score is by Meshell Ndegeocello.—Judy Bloch

Shadow and Act: Damani Baker's The House on Coco Road Screens at Caribbean Film Series in NYC

JUSTICE MATTERS

The House on Coco Road

DAMANI BAKER
USA, Grenada, 2016
79 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Damani Baker, with:
April 22 - M.C. Kojo Nnamdi, (host of the Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour on WAMU 88.5 FM)
April 25 - M.C. Netfa Freeman (political analyst and Events Coordinator at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-host/producer Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM).

On the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, you won't find a more intimate and revealing history of that momentous period than Damani Baker's The House on Coco Road, a portrait of the filmmaker's mother, Fannie Haughton. A student and compatriot of Angela Davis, Haughton was a specialist in early childhood education and had her own place in the movement. During the Reagan presidency, when Oakland became overrun with drugs, Haughton made a bold move: She took her own kids, including Damani, to Grenada, to live in a truly revolutionary society. Then the United States invaded the island nation. With seeming ease, Baker coaxes out of the eloquent Ms. Haughton the thread that runs from her southern sharecropper ancestors to a life in California and, despite all, a view to utopia. The film's score is by Meshell Ndegeocello.—Judy Bloch

Shadow and Act: Damani Baker's The House on Coco Road Screens at Caribbean Film Series in NYC


Saturday, April 22
8:45 PM
$13.00 - Advance Sales - $14.00 at the theater
Tuesday, April 25
6:30 PM
$13.00 - Advance Sales - $14.00 at the theater

Institute for Policy Studies
Justice Matters
Pan-African Community Action
Voices with Vision

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