WHY IS WE AMERICANS?
2020, Udi Aloni, Documentary
LENGTH: 102 min.
COUNTRY: United States
WRITER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Udi Aloni
CO-DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER: Ayana Stafford-Morris
LEAD CAST: Amiri Baraka, Ras Baraka, Amina Baraka, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Amandla Baraka, Cory Booker, Amiri Baraka Jr., Roxanne Shanté, Maya Angelou
CREW: CINEMATOGRAPHER: Amnon Zalait; EDITOR: Yuval Shapira; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Oren Moverman, Idith Meshulam, Jon Rubinstein, Kiburi Tucker, Randall Wallace, Moshe Edery, David Silber; CONSULTING EDITOR: Jay Rabinowitz; CO-PRODUCERS: Melina Torres, Shimon Azulay; THEME SONG BY: Ras Baraka, Jerry Wonda; ORIGINAL SCORE: Randall Wallace; ORIGINAL MUSIC: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Ray Angry
By turns kinetic and intimate, ‘Why is We Americans?’ is an in-depth, cinematic exploration of Newark’s legendary Baraka family. Spanning decades of social activism, poetry, music, art, and politics, this kaleidoscopic family saga is illustrated by on-camera interviews with Ms. Lauryn Hill, rare archival footage and revealing personal testimonials. As we connect with the iconoclastic poet Amiri Baraka, his wife, Amina, and their son, the current mayor of Newark, Ras, a portrait of a city emerges with an inspiring call to arms in the fight for class and racial justice.
By Patrick O’Shea
“An in-depth, cinematic exploration of Newark’s legendary Baraka family spanning decades of social activism, poetry, music, art and politics.”
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