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Back to Natural

The multi-award winning Back to Natural provides audiences with a complex understanding of the ways in which race, identity and hair are all related, and offers a compassionate view point on issues that impact African descendants’ sense of self and the often unknown barriers society places on one’s ability to simply exist.

  • How many people know that young children around the world are kicked out of school for simply wearing their hair the way it naturally grows?
  • How many people realize that choosing to not chemically relax one’s hair or wear wigs or extensions can be extremely damaging, impacting a Black person’s ability to be employed?

Back to Natural gives a unique and shocking look at the global policing of Black bodies and the underlying racism against natural looks.

“Explores the relationship between politics, hair, and racial identity in Black communities.” – Evan Dawson, WXXI-NPR (Rochester, NY)

“Extraordinary. [Back to Natural] touched on so many vital, crucial issues within our communities, within ourselves. As individuals and collectively… you illustrated it so well, so dynamically. And I think it’s inspiring, and educational for all of us.” – Actress, Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Manchurian Candidate)

“Back to Natural is an historic look at not only Black History, but also an exploration into activism-in-motion as it brings to the forefront an investigation into identity and a person’s self-worth. Recommended.” – S. Daniels, Film Release News.

The Natural Hair Movement today represents the peeling off of a decades-long mask that required Blacks to adopt the look and feel of the larger white population. Rooted in an unlikely form of racism, it became compulsory for Blacks to shed their natural looks to secure jobs and find acceptance. Hair-straightening products (many of which proved damaging), wigs, and extensions were commonly used to hide the genuine and natural look of individuals. The psychological influence of hiding in disguise has had great impact across the generations.

Back in the 60’s the “Natural” look resurged but was met with renewed discrimination and prejudice. Considered anti-establishment and part of a Black revolution, it furthered a bigoted societal response.

The movement is now resulting in a newfound freedom though physical authenticity.  And, it’s not a movement for just the young or just in America. It spans across all ages, includes both men and women… and it is worldwide.

Over 25 interviews were conducted with some of the top intellectuals and professors, global natural-hair influencers, hair stylists and more throughout the US, South Africa, and France. Included among them were:

  • Salamisha Tillet PhD: Distinguished professor, Award-winning Activist, Author, Cultural Critic and Non-profit Founder.
  • Carl Hart, PhD: Distinguished Professor, Public Intellectual, Researcher, and Author.
  • Noliwe Rooks, PhD: Professor, Award-Winning Author, Activist
  • Lori L. Tharps: Associate Professor, Award-Winning Author
  • Jenell B. Stewart: Lifestyle & Natural Hair Blogger/Podcaster/Influencer
  • Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq.: Attorney, Author, Activist
  • Okema T. Moore: Actor, Singer, Writer, Director and Producer
  • Natasha Gaspard:  Award-winning Television Producer, Founder / CEO of Mane Moves Media, Inc.
  • Roxanne Kalie: International Model & Actress Aline Tacit, Hair Dresser, Activist
  • Mireille Liong-A-Kong: CEO, Influencer, Activist, Author
  • Brian Favors, Educator & Activist

The multi-award winning documentary has garnered laurels including:

  • Winner “Best Documentary” / Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
  • Winner “Founders Award / International Black Film Festival
  • Winner “Women in Film Award” / Blackstar International Film Festival

Back to Natural has also earned nominations and appearances at 

  • Capitol City Black Film Festival
  • NYC Film Festival
  • Black Reel Awards
  • African World Festival
  • Barbados Independent Film Festival

“…a powerful call for healing” – Searchlight

2018 / 68 Minutes / 16×9 / Color / English Language / A film by Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD

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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix – Music From Hurley Mountain

Grammy Nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix from their Rock n Roll barn create a musical journey about the history of Americana town, Hurley, NY.

With interviews and untold stories by members of The Hurley Heritage Society, the film is the work of Cine Golden Eagle winning Director, Bruce Connors, who has incorporated visuals and imagery that together tell the history of this farming community from the Revolutionary War to present day.

Some back story: For one month, Hurley was the capital of the State of New York. It was also the location for the first Assembly meeting for the state. And, there was an inn which came a bit later. The Inn began during the early 19th century as the “Suspension Bridge House.” About the beginning of the 20th century it was renamed the Hurley Hotel, featuring a tavern and a one chair barber shop. During the early 1970s it was renamed the Hurley Mountain Inn. For a few years it was known as a biker bar, but then a NY State Trooper barracks was placed directly across the street and the tavern became a tame flag-festooned family place.

The film touches upon The American Revolutionary War, regional farming and the history Of New York State.

2020 / 44 minutes / English / A film by Bruce Connors

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From the Holocaust to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story

In this third production from The Holocaust Education Film Foundation (To Auschwitz and Back, Surviving Birkenau), actor Robert Clary (best known for his role in the television series Hogan’s Heroes) personally tells his “how I got to Hollywood” true story.

What began with a close-knit loving family was followed by the horrors of war, genocide, two years in forced labor camps and three concentration camps, but the result was not only liberation but an ultimate victory over the enemy.

Born in Paris, France (1926) Robert Clary is the youngest of 14 children; raised by adoring parents who supported his artistic desires. At the age of 12 he began a career singing professionally on the radio and he lived a most wonderful life… until 1942 when he was taken by the Nazis, thus beginning an odyssey of horror that would forever haunt him.

Clary was ultimately liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945. He overcame unimaginable obstacles to become a beloved entertainer on television, in the movies and on Broadway, but perhaps he is best known as the iconic Corporal Louis LeBeau on “Hogan’s Heroes.”

With all his success, the tattoo on his arm, number A5714, is a daily reminder of what he lost and, interestingly, what he also gained.

2021 / 49 minutes / 16×9 / English / A film by Ron Small

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