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Little Brother: Things Fall Apart (Chapter 1)
Producer: EPIPHANY Inc.
18 minutes

Little Brother: Things Fall Apart (Chapter 1)

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 Jasmin 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.

LITTLE BROTHER: THINGS FALL APART is the first installment in the series. Set in Camden, New Jersey, well known as one of the nation’s most dangerous cities, the film takes a look at boys, aged nine to thirteen years old, growing up amongst extreme violence, poverty and crime, and explores their feelings on love and relationships set against impossible odds.

DVD extras include an extended interview with Dr. Raymond Winbush, author of The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing Healthy Black Boys.

Supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations/Campaign for Black Male Achievement. The film production team is available for in-person appearances accompanying screenings.
"First Impressions and the African American Male: A Guide to Experiencing the Truth about Little Brother" is a curriculum guide preparing groups and classes for viewing LITTLE BROTHER chapters. The text also contains a list of Discussion Questions from educator Nancy Montgomery and an Activity Guide compiled by the Little Brother team. Order your copy here:
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Higher Education Institutions DVD Sale $75.00
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“It is a rarity to see representations of black boys as they really are: beautiful, open, curious, intelligent, funny, and vulnerable. Filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett's Little Brother, a caring documentary about the hopes, dreams, and experiences of black boys is as important as it is necessary. This endearing documentary series presents black boys as dignified and fully human, which makes Little Brother a filmic exception, rather than the rule.” - Byron Hurt, Film Director, Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Soul Food Junkies, Barack & Curtis
"Little Brother is a women's issue. Whether these boys are our sons, our lovers, or our fathers...the men they become impacts a woman's life in so many ways." - Maria Escobedo,, Film and TV Writer, GO, DIEGO, GO

• African American Leadership Initiative’s Community Service Award, United Way of Union County New Jersey
• Broadcast Premiere, The Documentary Channel
• Festival Premiere, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Brooklyn
• Black Documentary Collective Screening, Harlem Stage
• House of Art Gallery, Brooklyn
• Hayti Heritage Film Festival
• Hamptons Black International Film Festival
• Doc Watchers Film Series, Maysles Cinema, Harlem
• Women of African Descent Film Festival
• Pen & Brush Short Film Showcase
• New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, BAM Rose Cinemas
• Juneteenth Arts Festival
• New Jersey Black Issues Conference
• IDEA Performing Arts Center, Camden

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