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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.


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

    American Library Association

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    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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