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In the years since the original screen version was made in 1961, A Raisin In The Sun has become a landmark in cinema - it was the point at which the entertainment industry started to take ordinary African-American life seriously. Like the 1961 version, this 2008 film adaptation takes its cast from a hit Broadway production, featuring the debut of hip-hop mogul Sean 'P Diddy' Combs. The cast also includes plenty of well-known faces including The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad. But although the film has a period setting, many of the issues dealt with in the film remain relevant today.
Julia Stiles is a teenage would-be ballerina, who moves to Chicago and discovers a taste for hip hop when she arrives at her new school.
11+ years 108 mins
This outstanding documentary investigates September 15, 1963 - the day a bomb exploded inside an American church that had an all-black congregation.
11+ years 102 mins
Shaft is a cool private eye called in to rescue a crime boss' daughter - the first time a black actor played such a Hollywood role.
14+ years 96 mins
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