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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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Father Clements Story (1987, TV Movie)


Inspired by a true story, "The Father Clements Story" is about a black Chicago priest who fights the local Church hierarchy for the right to adopt a son. Confronted with the growing problem of homeless black children, Father George Clements (Louis Gossett Jr.) asks his parishioners to consider adoption. Meeting only apathy, Clements angrily claims he will adopt a child himself. The statement draws the attention of the local media and Cardinal Cody (Carroll O'Connor), Clements' superior and adversary. Cody forbids Clements to adopt, claiming it is a violation of Catholic Church Law. But the Vatican approves of Clements' actions, and he begins proceedings to adopt Joey (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), a rebellious and difficult teenager. Joey's former involvement with a local gang test their relationship as they try to become father and son under the scrutiny of the Church and community.