PBS’ ‘Homegoings’ Explores African American Funerals

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  • Coming to PBS in June is a documentary that explores the beauty and grace of African-American funerals.

    “Homegoings” (airing June 24, 10 to 11 p.m.), from filmmaker Christine Turner, is told through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens and filmed at his Harlem-based Owens Funeral Home. It takes an up-close look at the world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration.

    Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.”

    “Homegoing” is an official selection of MoMA’s 2013 Documentary Fortnight. A co-production of ITVS and POV’s Diverse Voices Project, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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    11 thoughts on “PBS’ ‘Homegoings’ Explores African American Funerals

    1. Grow up people. Death is a part of life & how people choose to say goodbye to a love one is nobody’s business…idiots

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    3. I for one won’t be watching this shigady. Who in the H wants to watch a show about funerals. This is definitely a situation where people need to GET A LIFE. Pun intended

    4. Is there any profession in the world that is not being shown in a reality show format these days? What in the hell is so fascinating about watching people living fake lives on reality tv? Anyone care to explain this lunacy to me? It would be greatly appreciated. Intelligent replies only. Thank you.

    5. Who would this type of information by useful to? Stop snithcing!!! Oh and pass it on to Lil’ Wayne (food for thought).

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    7. There are a couple of other home going shows on TV already. Funeral Boss and Best Funeral ever. People will watch this because African Americans have a unique way of celebrating the life of a departed loved in their funeral or Homegoing services. We do things other cultures don’t do. Some traditions dating back to our ancestral roots in Africa.

      • Sick, demented, weird people. I have always thought that funeral are morbid. Told my daughter I don’t want a funeral when I die. Have me cremated, and tossed into the ocean.

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