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 http://www.pbs.org/pov/homegoings/chat.php.

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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