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Synopsis

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. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home." An Official Selection of MoMA's 2013 Documentary Fortnight. A co-production of ITVS and POV’s Diverse Voices Project, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

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Watch Video for Homegoings
Christine Turner
Filmmaker Interviews
Homegoings: A Dance
Additional Video
Going Home
Classroom Clips
My First Funeral
Classroom Clips
Geraldine Thomas
Additional Video