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PBS Premiere: June 24, 2013


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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Film Information

Homegoings (60 min.)

Premiere Date: June 24, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Christine Turner Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim


Christine Turner
Christine Turner

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Critical Acclaim

The morbid meets the deeply spiritual in Christine Turner’s assured documentary. . . . Ms. Turner captures the intimacy of solemn, heartfelt moments, and salutes a man who honors their value.”

—Andy Webster, The New York Times

A poetically crafted exploration . . . poignant, inspirational and unexpectedly uplifting...”

—Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

Homegoings brings to life the beauty and grace of African-American funerals.”

The Chicago Tribune

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