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
  • Black Filmmaker Foundation, Best Production
  • London Black Film Festival


Alile Sharon Larkin

Alile Sharon Larkin is an artist-educator and award-winning independent film and video maker. Larkin has been a public school teacher in Los Angeles for 25 years and has taught at 32nd Street/USC Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School since 1993. Her teaching experience ranges from pre-K to college and filmmaking is part of Larkin’s interdisciplinary curriculum. She has received nine Video in the Classroom Awards for teacher-produced films, documenting students learning about textile arts, storytelling, yoga, jazz, women’s history, Kwanzaa and African American dance.

Her film, YOUR CHILDREN COME BACK TO YOU (1979), presents a child's perspective on wealth and social inequality, and has screened throughout U.S. and Europe. A DIFFERENT IMAGE (1982), about an African American woman contemplating self-identity, heritage and perception, received critical praise and earned her first prize from the Black American Cinema Society, won Best Production of 1981 from the Black Filmmaker Foundation, and was named runner-up for best short film at FILMEX.

The screenplay of A DIFFERENT IMAGE was published in "Screenplays of the African American Experience" (Indiana University Press, 1991). Larkin’s critical essay, "Black Women Filmmakers Defending Ourselves," appears in Female Spectators (Verso Editions, London). Larkin is currently working on a children’s music DVD, "Tie-Dye." (8/14)


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