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Homegoings: Live Chat with Filmmaker Christine Turner

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Christine Turner, director of the documentary Homegoings will answering your questions in a live OVEE chat on Thursday, June 27 from 7-8pm ET. She will be taking your inquiries about the film and African-American funeral traditions.

In Homegoings, through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration.

As Turner recently explained to POV,

With Homegoings, I wanted to open a conversation on death in a way that captured grief and sadness, but also the humor and the sense of relief that I sometimes observed from behind the camera. Ultimately, I hope that viewers will be reminded, as I was while filming, of the preciousness of life as much as the inevitability of death.

Here’s an overview of the OVEE event:

When: Thursday, June 27 from 7-8 PM ET. If you can’t make it, you can send in your questions ahead of time by writing a comment below.

Who: Christine Turner will be the guest.

How: To join, visit the chat on OVEE. If you missed the event, view the archived transcript of the conversation at

On June 24, at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of Homegoings on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website starting June 25, 2013 through July 24, 2013.

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • shirley

    As an black woman in my mid fifties, I thank you young lady for this insight of the black funeral enterprise. I’ve seen black funeral homes become an intrigal part of our community since I was a little girl. When death called, families knew instinctively, who they wanted to have to prepare their loved on. This would be a topic of discussion amont the elders as how Wills, or Watson prepared the dead. If the likeness of the deceased was not satsifactory, these busines were done. Word of mouth is a powerful tool. Mr. Owens and his family should be proud of his calling, and your presented it beautifully. Thanks Ms. Turner, and continued success in your adventure.

    • Unicorn Shepherd

      The stories in my family has it that my Great Grandmother
      prepared people for burial in the community in which they lived.
      I think they called her a “shrouder”. It was superstitious times. But she was noted to say ” the dead can’t hurt you. Better worry more ’bout the living .”

      I’m looking forward to watching the film.

  • shirley

    Sorry about the misspellings. I moved too fast.

  • Suzanne

    BRAVO. Well done documentary. Tasteful, insightful, respectful and full of the promises of God. Thank you for the wonderful program. I am sure that it has impacted many of your viewers.