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Independent Lens: More Than a Month (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a young African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Director Tilghman is a black Michael Moore - providing thought-provoking questions with a bit of self-deprecating humor. DVD has 15 minutes of outtakes.

This 2011 documentary may have aired on PBS last year- or it may be airing next month (February 2013) as part of Black History Month - but it's making it's home video debut on January 29, 2013. And what a timely piece!

Though it's rare important for a reviewer to state their ethnic heritage in a review, I feel it helpful to state that I am not an African-American. I found the "question" raided by documentary filmmaker Shukee Hassan Tilghman - Should we end Black History Month (and make it part of the core history programs in American history in school curriculum)? - a fascinating one. Here was a young (he appears to be in his late 20s) black man who is asking the question. As he interviews his parents and heads to New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia to do interviews, he questions his own question. The first part of the film - where he sets out to have people sign petitions in Times Square reminds me a lot of Michael Moore's films. Both are self-narrated. It gets a bit more serious - but not mundane - as the 54-minute film continues. I certainly enjoyed it and at gave me "food for thought".

The DVD has seven "deleted scenes" - each running about 2-minutes. One titled "Good, Bad and Ugly History" obviously had to be excised for public TV showing. It features a black woman who collects the often-shocking racist advertising images that were produced in the early 20th Century. This is one deleted scene that I recommend that any parent of a child under 12 years old preview first - before showing to their child. There needs to be an discussion as to why these images existed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie April 24, 2012
By cowpie
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I very much enjoyed this short documentary. It was funny, entertaining and very enlightening. I have been thinking along the same lines about race for some time and as a white man I feel that I do not have the credibility or "black card" as Tilghman mentions to say anything. Great movie, I hope to see Shukree Tilghman in future documentaries and I wish him the best of luck. In summary: awesome documentary, eye-opening, and I would recommend it to anyone (17+, to understand the deeper content/ social issues).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, concise film with awesome pacing and direction. September 30, 2014
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I'm white. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs with a mother who taught by example that all are created equal, and a father who, though he treated people with respect (and hired any good worker), was a closet racist. In his defence I need to say that he wasn't hateful toward any race; he just thought that blacks and Mexicans were lesser beings. Strange.

This film is a thoroughly enjoyable piece. It is tight and concise, with great pacing and direction. Kudos to the director and/or editor of this great film.

I love the subtle humor in this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy March 10, 2012
By jimmy
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This is a profoundly American film, about an American issue, and the film does what a great film does, it makes us care, think, and question.
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Should be required viewing in high school - even 8th grade. As we study argument writing for the Common Core - this turns what we traditionally teach right side up. You may start out thinking you know what your side of an argument is - but with research and critical thinking, your position may shift or your understanding of the issue may, hopefully, deepen. LOVED THIS!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening & appeals to high school students May 5, 2014
By Leelo
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A great addition to my Civil Rights unit in US History; the guiding question of which is: To what level have Americans embraced the ideals of the Civil Rights Movement? Really helped students to get to higher level of thinking and evaluating. (I got "thank yous" for showing in class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Month? October 3, 2013
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Wonderful film. Forces us to consider the things we thought we knew! Everyone should take a look at this film!
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