HOME: THE DOCUMENTARY MOVIE
HOME - THE GREAT MIGRATION OF THE 21ST CENTURY
A NAIMAH FULLER PROJECT
FEATURES APPEARENCES BY:
MAYA ANGELOU, MORGAN FREEMAN,
DANNY GLOVER, ELAINE BROWN,
AMBASSADOR ANDREW YOUNG,
REV. CT VIVIAN, JUDGE D'ARMY BAILEY,
DR. HOWARD DODSON, DR. RICHARD LONG, DR. PHILLIP BOWMAN, DR. MICHAEL TONEY
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Music plays an important role in filmmaking. This historical project features musical contributions from jaz giant TERENCE BLANCHARD, BILL SUMMERS, and blues man VASTI JACKSON, Hip Hop King T.I., DJ DRAMA, JULIE DEXTER, and OKEEBA JUABLO.
After five years in the making the much anticipated documentary movie, filmmaker Naimah Fuller has completed the making of her documentary movie HOME: THE GREAT MIGRATION OF THE 21ST CENTURY has been completed, and its producers are currently reviewing distribution options with various interested parties. Naimah Fuller is the creator of the project. Fuller
connected the dots between this migration and The Great Migration of
the 20th century, when more than six million Black folks left the South
in the largest internal migration of any ethnic group in the history of
the country. The Great Migration from South to North was driven by the
economic and political issues of those times. Similarly, this New Great
Migration is being driven by a shifting economic landscape. While the
rest of the country was experiencing drastic economic hardships at the
turn of the 21st century, the South was prospering.
Naimah passionately recalls the inspiration that lead her to this project. "It has been a
fascinating journey discovering the New South. A South shaped by those who fought for their rights during the Civil Rights Movement, the movement many say helped to prepare the South for the 21st century. Now a
new generation of African Americans are coming back home to claim that legacy. I was inspired to start the "Home" project after I moved from New York
to Atlanta, and soon discovered that nearly everyone I met was from the
Midwest, the Northeast, or the West Coast. Initially I was going to do a film about Atlanta as the new Mecca. However, after a little armchair research, I
realized something larger was occurring. African-Americans weren't just moving to
Atlanta, they were relocating by the
droves to cities and towns throughout the entire South. The question I
set out to answer in this documentary was why: Why were African
Americans migrating en masse to the South? I soon
realized that the answer was in the land itself. No other place in America possessed
the sacred ground that exists in the South. To quote Maya Angelou, "The ground that was paid for with the
blood, sweat, and tears of a people who never left the South." They were the ones who stayed and fought for their Civil Rights, with a determination to live a life of freedom and dignity. It is because of their struggle that the largest percentage of African American's now live in the South, in cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Birmingham, Memphis, and Houston. These were the cities I took my camera to., and over and over again people who shared their migration stories repeated the same mantra; that moving South felt like coming "HOME."
"This has been a “grassroots” project in the truest sense of that word. And with all its challenges, this project has been an incredible blessing with all its lessons. Not only did it give me the opportunity to tell an epic American Story in this New Great Migration, it also allowed me to become a better filmmaker. I began my professional career in journalism at WABC-TV in New York City, where I was accustomed to going out with a crew, bringing the story back, and taking it to an editor who followed my script. In producing this project I didn't have the luxury of directing a film crew, or working with an editor. Those kind of luxuries cost a lot money, money I didn't have. I was left with two choices, either forget the whole project, or wear all the hats myself. I chose the latter, which included filling the roles of writer, researcher, producer, director, cinematographer, sound recorder, lighting tech, and finally editor.
"It has also been a journey that reconnected me to my own southern roots. I was born in a small rural village in middle Georgia, where I was raised by my two material great-grandmother's. These two women lived through some of the worst of times in the South. However, it was their deep Faith in God that gave them the courage to live a life of dignity. They instilled in me those same basic values of self-respect and respect for others, and of doing your best at whatever task was set before me, even in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Their spirit was with me through all the challenges I faced while producing this documentary movie. This project has taught me the true meaning of the word
"commitment," of completing what you've started even when faced with
seemingly overwhelming challenges. For that reason, I dedicate this documentary movie to my great-grandmothers, and to all the ancestors of those who are COMIN' HOME!
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