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This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for Hal Ashby’s The Landlord. Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, it went unseen for many years; the original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber and the film is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades!


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  • New HD restoration, reconstructed from the original 3/4” U-matic camera tapes, with remastered audio
  • Previously unseen preliminary version, directed by Bill Gunn in 1979 (39 Min.)
  • Deleted and extended scenes | Original six-part radio drama (1977)
  • Interviews with creators Ishmael Reed, Steve Cannon, and actor Sam Waymon
  • “Improvisation Jamming,” an essay by Nicholas Forster on the production and release of the film
  • Q&A footage from the restoration premiere (2018)
  • Theatrical trailer
Year: 1980
Running Time: 165
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Label: Kino Lorber


Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
Sam Waymon
Jim Wright
Walter Cotton

Directed by Bill Gunn

Additional information

Weight 3 oz

Blu Ray, DVD

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