HumanDocs launches its spring lineup on Wednesday, January 22, 8:30 pm, in Ward Hall, with the PBS Point-of-View film Homegoings.
Centering on the passionate work of a funeral director in Harlem, Homegoings, directed by Christine Turner, tells the gentle story of a man who serves families in vulnerable moments with dignity and respect. The film raises questions not only about the end of life, but life itself -- how people know what they're meant to do in this world, and how they face loss even with joy. While the documentary offers unique insight into the African-American Harlem community, the film's story is universal, exploring themes common to all human beings.
Homegoings was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary presented by CNN Films at the American Black Film Festival. The film was also awarded Best Documentary at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia.
Director Turner is an independent filmmaker based in New York. As a researcher and producer, she has contributed to numerous documentaries for PBS, HBO and OWN, working with Bill Moyers, Lisa Ling, Stanley Nelson and others. Her short fiction films have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and on PBS. Turner received a bachelor of fine arts degree in film and television from the Tisch School of the Arts, part of New York University, in New York.
Now in its fifth year, HumanDocs is hosted by Lipscomb University's College of Arts and Sciences. HumanDocs is proud to partner with Nashville Public Television and the Nashville Film Festival to bring outstanding documentary films to Middle Tennessee.
The screening and brief panel discussion to follow are free and open to the public.