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.