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Picking Tribes
A film by S. Pearl Sharp
1988, 7 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99345
“In a heartfelt, and often hilarious, attempt to be more than ‘ordinary,’ a girl growing up in the 1940s tries to choose between her African-American and Native-American heritages. It is only when her beloved grandfather dies that she is able to reconcile the power of both her heritages and realizes her own uniqueness." -Moving Pictures Bulletin

Sharp uses vintage photographs and Carlos Spivey’s watercolor animation to create a spirited portrait of a girl’s search for identity.

Now with Bonus Short Film: BACK INSIDE HERSELF 2009 Remix by S. Pearl Sharp (4min 45secs)
Originally released in 1984, this lyrical visual poem featuring Barbara-O urges black women to both discover and invent their own identities. The 2009 remix includes updated audio with vocals by Sharp and Dwight Trible.


Also available in French.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


Newark Black Film Festival, Paul Robeson Award
Black American Cinema Society, 1st Place (BACK INSIDE HERSELF)
San Francisco Poetry Film Festival, 1st Place (BACK INSIDE HERSELF)

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QUOTES

    "A delightful, provocative film invoking a universal response to the search for identity."
    Newark Black Film Festival

    "Recommended."
    American Library Association

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RELATED LINKS

    S. Pearl Sharp's Website
    Visit the filmmaker's official website for more informations on her films, current projects and radio links.

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