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Damani Baker offers a moving personal and historical account of how he and his family were caught up in the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada. The result is a fascinating and under-reported chapter in the never-ending struggle for justice on behalf of black men and women worldwide, as well as a scalding appraisal of Reagan-era racial attitudes at home and abroad.
— LOS ANGELES TIMES
 
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                      The House on Coco Road is an intimate portrait of an activist and teacher who

                      moves her children from Oakland, California to participate in the Grenada                  

                      Revolution only to find her family in harms way of a U.S. military invasion. It is

                      the filmmaker’s search for historical and emotional truth that will confirm his

                      mother’s place in American history.

 
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DAMANI BAKER, DIRECTOR

A native of the Bay Area, Damani Baker is a Brooklyn-based director and filmmaker. His first feature documentary (with co-director Alex Vlack) about the life and music of Bill Withers, “Still Bill,” opened theatrically to critical acclaim in 2009 and was acquired by Netflix, Showtime, and BBC. Previous work includes “Return,” an award-winning film that explores the genius of traditional African medicine. Damani’s career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations, and advertisements, and he has worked for clients including Rainforest Alliance, Puma, IBM, and Wieden+Kennedy, among others.

His current projects include over 10 films for museums in Nigeria and Chattanooga, Tennessee for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc. Damani is a Sundance Fellow and alum of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 new faces in independent film.” In addition to his work, Damani is a professor in the filmmaking, screenwriting, and media arts program at Sarah Lawrence.

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JON FINE, EDITOR

Jon’s a filmmaker and musician.  Over the years he’s worked as a producer, DP, director and editor.   His work includes “Still Bill” about legendary songwriter Bill Withers, “The After Party” about arrests during the 2004 presidential conventions,  “Jazz Days” a series of global concerts sponsored by UNESCO and Thelonious Monk Institute, “Herbie Hancock’s Possibilities”, the award-winning short “Flavio”, and videos for Herbie Hancock, Antibalas, Raul Midon, Kaki King, Lionel Loueke and Lizz Wright.   In 2015, Jon produced “Holy Forest” an album of songs recorded in The Gambia and the US.  He’s now producing “Africa Calling”, a project in partnership with UNICEF, USAID, Angelique Kidjo and students from Benin’s CIAMO school of music to raise awareness around malaria treatment and prevention in West Africa.

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Meshell Ndegeocello, ORIGINAL SCORE

Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered - unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual search for love, justice, respect, resolution, and happiness.

 

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: DAMANI BAKER, MAX OSTERWEIS, CAMERON RUSSELL    WRITTEN BY: DAMANI BAKER, JON FINE, EISA DAVIS, CAMERON RUSSELL PRODUCED BY: DAMANI BAKER, DANNY GLOVER, BELVIE ROOKS DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY:  ROGELIO GONZÁLEZ-ABRALDES AND DAMANI BAKER

 

                                                                               

 

 

WHO'S WHO

ANGELA DAVIS

ANGELA DAVIS

FANNIE HAUGHTON (MY MOM)

FANNIE HAUGHTON (MY MOM)

FANIA DAVIS

FANIA DAVIS

DAMANI BAKER

DAMANI BAKER

PRESTIN BAKER

PRESTIN BAKER

YVONNE BELFON

YVONNE BELFON

MAURICE BISHOP

MAURICE BISHOP

RONALD REAGAN

RONALD REAGAN

JACQUELINE CREFT

JACQUELINE CREFT

ALIMENTA BISHOP

ALIMENTA BISHOP

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Press

 

LA Film Festival: The diversity dilemma, plus nine movies to see

Los Angeles Times-Jun 1, 2016

Bay Area titles loom large at L.A.Film Festival

San Francisco Chronicle-Jun 22, 2016

Interview: ‘The House on Coco Road’ Documents One Family’s Experience During the U.S. Invasion of Grenada

Cinephiled-June 7, 2016

Los Angeles Film Festival Reframes African-American Struggle With Two Empowering Films

TruthDig-Jun 9, 2016 

Independent filmmakers show Hollywood the way on diversity

Daily Mail-May 31, 2016

LA Film Festival '16 Review: 'The House On Coco Road' - Cromeyellow

Cromeyellow-June 2 2016 

KPFA INTERVIEW WITH DAVEY D - HARD KNOCKS RADIO

 

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                 The Best Caribbean Films of 2016

 

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