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Coffee Colored Children
A film by Ngozi Onwurah
England, 1988, 15 minutes, Color/BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99160
This lyrical, unsettling film conveys the experience of children of mixed racial heritage. Suffering the aggression of racial harassment, a young girl and her brother attempt to wash their skin white with scouring powder. Starkly emotional and visually compelling, this semi-autobiographical testimony to the profound internalized effects of racism and the struggle for self-definition and pride is a powerful catalyst for discussion.


  • Nat’l Black Programming Consortium, Prized Pieces
  • San Francisco Film Festival, Golden Gate Award
  • Films de Femmes, Creteil, France

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    “Raw and raptly personal, an elegiac exploration of Black childhood’s enforced pains.”
    John Lyttle
    Philadelphia City Limits

    “Onwurah’s award-winning first film is a terrifying heartbreaker.”
    Ellen Cohn
    Village Voice

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