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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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dream Date (1989, TV Movie)


When gorgeous Dani Fairview (Tempestt Bledsoe) is asked out on a date by the star of the football team, Jim Parker (Kadeem Hardison), she dreams of the perfect evening-dancing, dining, and...a little romance! Her overprotective father Bill (Clifton Davis), however, has other ideas. Bill secretly follows Dani on her date to make sure Jim doesn't put the moves on his "little girl." What follows is a series of hilarious mishaps involving a crazed movie freak (Richard Moll), a heavy metal rocker (Pauly Shore), and Jim's jealous ex-girlfriend who will try anything to get her boyfriend back.

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Partnership With FilmDoo
We are happy to announce our partnership with FilmDoo, which is a Video on Demand (VOD) based company that focus on the diversity of independent and international films from around the world. FilmDoo is a particularly great resource for African cinema, which is an area DAARAC has been expanding on. We will also be helping FilmDoo expand their diversity of films by introducing more African-American cinema to the international community, especially independent films that are not as easily available.

Joe Bullet (1973)
As many know, DAARAC focuses on the education of Black Cinema and JOE BULLET is a testament to what we do here. Banned by the South African Apartheid Government, JOE BULLET was unseen until Gravel Road Distribution Group in cooperation with Retro Afrika Bioscope remastered the film for release. This film will be featured on FilmDoo for viewing as well as many other South African Blaxploitation films that were banned.

The partnership with FilmDoo will definitely open new avenues of films that we haven’t covered at DAARAC and we look forward to continue the tradition of promoting, educating and bringing awareness to Black Cinema around the world.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Illusions (1982)


The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips with a society that perpetuates false images as status quo. This highly-acclaimed drama by one of the leading African American women directors follows Mignon's dilemma, Ester's struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality. Directed by Julie Dash.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Moving (1988)


Meet Arlo Pear! He's a family man with a loving wife, a rebellious daughter, twin sons, and a half-dead dog, he's also got a nice job with the city in New Jersey. He's a mass transit engineer. But one day Arlo is fired so he must try to get another job. He finds a similar one to his old one, except it's in Boise, Idaho. Sounds good to Arlo, so he can finally get away from his insane neighbor who has a lawn mower the size of Pennsylvania. Only problem, how to break it to the family? The decision is soon made: they're moving. Now they've got to sell their house which has hilarious results, so now they need to get movers. Two former cons now movers show up with King Kong Bundy. Now, they gotta find a new house in Idaho. They soon find their dream house, so they return to New Jersey and head off to Boise. Arlo hires a man (Dana Carvey) to drive his SAAB to Idaho, not knowing he's a man of eight personalities. And if that isn't bad enough, their new house is not what they expected....

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