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Little Brother: Manchild in the Promised Land (Chapter 5)
Producer: Nicole Franklin & J. Tiggett
17 minutes
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Little Brother: Manchild in the Promised Land (Chapter 5)

LITTLE BROTHER: MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND is Chapter 5 of the film series that features young Black boys and their thoughts on Love. This chapter was filmed in Tucson, AZ, where the young men have access to an often untold history of ancestral settlers who lived as pioneers and conquistadors. Our young men discuss life in the Southwest and the current state of race relations. Photography by Leslie J. Yerman. Special thanks to the Arizona Heritage Tours.

LITTLE BROTHER is a series of 15-minute documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010, filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jai Tiggett started taking an annual look at Black boys as young as nine years old for a one-on-one conversation demystifying what society tends to rob them of: LOVE.

Supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations/Campaign for Black Male Achievement. The directors of the series are available for in-person appearances and screenings. Join the discussion and visit
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"The teens are cleary worried about living a life full of potential tripwires, including dealing with the police or being racially pre-judged… It's heartbreaking to hear a child say that in such moments it's better to just walk away and get on with his day--part of the price of beign Black in America. A timely film, this is recommended." - T. Keogh, Video Librarian Magazine
“...presents Black boys as dignified and fully human... an exception, rather than the rule." - Byron Hurt, Filmmaker, Soul Food Junkies

• Jurors’ Choice Award, Women of African Descent Film Festival

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