Cinema of the World
Canada, Sweden / 2008 / English dialogue with English subtitles / Colour and Black & White / 35 mm / 90 minutes
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Life as a black man in the tough inner cities of America can be fraught with social and political prejudice. 'Black Nation' is a film that takes an uncompromising look at the state of black masculinity in America, as seen through the prism of the streets of Detroit, past and present, and that city's controversial Church of the Black Madonna. Filmmaker Mats Hjelm draws on his deep personal connection with the church and the city, to explore the racial, cultural and political ramifications of a 'black male genocide'. In a year where race and religion are top of the political agenda, 'Black Nation' offers the audience a penetrating look at what it means to be a black man in urban America today.



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