Coffee Colored Children
England | 1988 | 15 minutes | Color/BW | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99160
“Raw and raptly personal, an elegiac exploration of Black childhood’s enforced pains.”
“Onwurah’s award-winning first film is a terrifying heartbreaker.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Films de Femmes, Creteil, France
- San Francisco Film Festival, Golden Gate Award
- Nat’l Black Programming Consortium, Prized Pieces
Black British filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah takes on the issues of time and space in her work which embraces heterogeneity and multiple sites of subjectivity. Onwurah consistently navigates and challenges the limits of narrative and ethnographic cinema by insisting that the body is the central landscape of an anti-imperialist cinematic discourse.
An accomplished director with several episodes of the top British TV drama series "Heartbeat" to her credit, Ngozi Onwurah also wrote and directed the prize-winning feature "Welcome II the Terrordome." Sometimes fierce and at others more gently humorous, Onwurah tackles the clashes and ironies of the apparent gulf separating black and white, whilst showing that under the skin, emotions are universal.
Onwurah’s films have won prizes at the Berlin Film Festival, Germany; Melbourne Film Festival, Australia; Toronto Film Festival, Canada; and at NBPC, USA. (09/09)