The mission of The Department of Afro-American Research Arts and Culture to identify the global significance of the creative contributions pioneered by an international diaspora of Blackness
The Department of Afro American Research, Arts, and Culture's Archive is a subdivision of DAARAC that digitally preserves Afro American films. On this website, you may browse our archive that consists of film posters, screenshots, and movie synopsis. All information provided here is for research and reference purposes. We do not host full-length films on this website.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [A Film About Gil Scott-Heron] (2003)

This documentary focuses on "The Godfather of Rap" - one of the most important figures in the history of Black music. The film features interviews with Gil and his collaborators and disciples such as Chuck D and Mos Def alongside classic archive.

Gil was a key figure in the Seventies' civil rights movement and yet his message is still relevant today.
His confrontational, no-nonsense street poetry and intelligent song writing skills have inspired the modern Hip-Hop generation. In more than 20 albums Gil has documented and in many cases anticipated, the dark underbelly of United States politics, racism and the self-destruction of the Afro-American working class.

The film is directed by the legendary Don Letts, who won a Grammy for his documentary about The Clash.