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Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Homegoings paints a portrait of grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."

Filmmaker Interviews

Christine Turner discusses the inspiration behind her moving film Homegoings, which takes a look at undertaking in the black community.

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Dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company perform a contemporary piece inspired by the documentary Homegoings.

Classroom Clips

Funeral director Isaiah Owens gives a brief overview of the "homegoing" funeral tradition.

Classroom Clips

Linda "Redd" Williams-Miller visits Isaiah Owens to preplan her funeral arrangements.

Classroom Clips

Linda "Redd" Williams-Miller explains why she decided to preplan her funeral arrangements.

Classroom Clips

Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens describes his fascination with funerals as a child and how sending loved ones "home" has been his calling.

Classroom Clips

Isaiah Owens describes the role a funeral director has played in black communities.

Additional Video

In this deleted scene from Homegoings, a woman remembers and shares fond memories of her mother during her "homegoing" service.

  • Updated on July 2, 2014

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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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