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, May 31, 2017

Caged In Paradiso (1990)


Paradiso is a patch of land in a shark infested sea, a high tech prison whose only walls are a laser-armed satellite, and a hell-hole where criminal is king and the only law is survival. Irene Cara plays Eva, a woman whose love for her husband Eric leads her to follow him when he is sentenced to this modern Devil's Island.

Once there and separated from him, she faces the unimaginable horror of isolation on an island populated by men who have become beasts. After joining a tribe of women who have banded together for self-protection, she discovers the strength of her own resources. Her reunion with Eric unexpectedly complicates her new life and leads to a startling climax as open warfare engulfs this hell-on-earth.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Busted Up (1986)


Earl Bird is fighting to save his neighborhood, his family, and himself from the tightening grip of hoodlums who threaten to overpower his world. He's been a "round ring" boxer to support and raise his daughter, the only tender spot in his life. Aside from her, nothing else has ever meant much to Bird. But now, even she isn't safe from the corrupt local frontman who is systematically squeezing the local tenants out of their homes and business. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984)


This film adaptation of James Baldwin's celebrated novel tells the journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Harlem seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather.  

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