This needs to be seen by a larger audience! It doesn't appear that many people have seen it, or are able to see it, and it is as relevant now as when it was made. Maybe MUBI will showcase this important film maker?
In this era of The Butler, everyone should seek out and see this film because it proves that artists were once well beyond where they are today. Not that this gritty street-theater ever came within a field holler of the Oscars or even national distribution (as far as I know). But it is the real thing, unvarnished, unflinching, and utterly transformative if you come to it with an open heart/mind.
Well, my wig is off! While this final gesture is for some, proof of Dorothy’s radicalization, I doubt the story is fictionally and historically, so neat and clean. T.C. hasn’t made parole yet, Black children would subsequently be raised in single parent households, and the economic opportunities for Black Americans, then and now, are dismal. Calculation, however, is the key. The veil and poster scenes are striking.
Although his masterpiece, in my opinion, might be "Ashes & Embers," this brilliant, absorbing, harrowing, and no-holds-barred movie comes close. Haile Gerima makes films like Robert Kramer did: ones that explode and don't feel bashful about their emotion and political ideas. Sweaty, intense, and bold. Loved every minute of it. See Gerima's recent "Teza."