She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

She’s Gotta Have It
Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Spike Lee
Cast: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell, Joie Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Bill Lee
Seen on: 17.2.2018

Nola (Tracy Camilla Johns) is looking for love and sex. But she’s not really ready to settle down with just one guy, so she dates three of them: Jamie (Tommy Redmond Hicks) is protective and caring, but also a little controlling. Greer (John Canada Terrell) is a wealthy model who is also pretty arrogant. And Mars (Spike Lee) is sweet and funny, but also a little immature. Nola would be content to stay dating all three of them, but the guys all want to be exclusive, putting some pressure on her.

She’s Gotta Have It is a little strange at times, mostly in the good way. It doesn’t work on all counts, but it does work and I liked it a lot.

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Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Daughters of the Dust
Director: Julie Dash
Writer: Julie Dash
Cast: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier, Umar Abdurrahamn, Adisa Anderson, Kaycee Moore, Bahni Turpin, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Tommy Redmond Hicks, Cornell Royal, M. Cochise Anderson
Seen on: 28.11.2017

It is the beginning of the 20th century and the still rather new abolishment of slavery tempts the Peazant family to leave the islands they have been living on and to attempt their luck on the USAmerican mainland. The islands and their isolation gave them the possibility to preserve some of their African ancestral traditions – the Gullah culture. So not everybody is willing to actually leave, while others can hardly wait. In any case, it’s time to make decisions.

Daughters of the Dust is an in the best sense unusual film in many ways. It is absolutely stunning in so many ways. It’s a film you should definitely watch – and then re-watch.

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