A Different Image

A film by Alile Sharon Larkin

1982 | 52 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99259


A highly-acclaimed film, A DIFFERENT IMAGE is an extraordinary poetic portrait of a beautiful young African American woman attempting to escape becoming a sex object and to discover her true heritage. Through a sensitive and humorous story about her relationship with a man, the film makes provocative connections between racism and sexual stereotyping. The screenplay of A DIFFERENT IMAGE is published in Screenplays of the African American Experience, edited by Dr. Phyllis R. Klotman.


"Extraordinary, a fresh and clear expression of an acute sensibility."

Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

"The most popular film at the NWSA conference ...a fine combination of image, sound and content."

Linda Bierds University of Washington


  • Black American Cinema Society, First Prize
  • London Black Film Festival
  • Black Filmmaker Foundation, Best Production


Alile Sharon Larkin

Alile Sharon Larkin is an acclaimed L.A. Rebellion filmmaker and multicultural artist-educator. For over 25 years, Larkin made filmmaking a part of her elementary classroom curriculum. She was awarded ten Video in the Classroom Awards (VICs) from KLCS-TV for teacher-produced videos documenting student learning about textile arts, storytelling, yoga, jazz, women's history, Kwanzaa and African-inspired dance. Larkin has created narrative, documentary and dissolve-animation films including Miss Fluci Moses, Mz Medusa and Dreadlocks and the Three Bears. Larkin continues to create art and media that validates and celebrates global Black life through Dreadlocks and the Three Bears Productions. Current projects include the picture book version of her award-winning children's video, Dreadlocks and the Three Bears, Tie-Dye: A Children's Music DVD and The Kitchen: A Visual Companion Book to her first film, The Kitchen. (07/19)


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