Solomon Onita Jr.’s “JOY” Airing on HBO

Solomon Onita Jr. (PROD – M.F.A. ’16) has worked diligently to bring often unseen stories to the screen. His award-winning short film, JOY, about a Nigerian woman living in America who struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year-old daughter, will air on HBO beginning next week for Black History Month.

Professor Charles Swanson’s Top Films for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we asked our Chair of Production, Charles Swanson, to suggest films that celebrate the African American experience. Below, he shares his recommendations of movies from African American filmmakers, including both fiction and documentaries. We have focused on a few of them; for the complete list, scroll to the bottom of the page.