Nelson George is an author and filmmaker dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the global black experience. His books include Hip Hop America and the novel The Plot Against Hip Hop. He's directed the HBO film LIfe Support, which stars Queen Latifah. Also the documentaries Brooklyn Boheme, about the black arts movement of the 1980s and '90s, for Showtime and The Announcement for ESPN, which looked at Magic Johnson's 1991 HIV announcement. He produced the feature documentary Good Hair which was hosted by Chris Rock.
Migrations (pictured above) follows Helen, a Ethiopian/German woman, who is part of an international ring of African art thieves, who's goal is to liberate African artifacts from European galleries and collectors. Helen is in Berlin, raising cash for a new deal and picking up a valuable stolen Ethiopian medallion, when a co-worker is arrested in Belgium and she is told to shut down operations. This incites a mad dash that takes us to Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and, finally, Ethiopia as Helen is chased by Interpol and untrustworthy co-workers. Helen knows where the last two medallions are located and that info puts her life in danger. Tigist Selam plays Helen and heads a varied cast of actors that includes Saul Williams, Chyna Layne, Chris Rock, Osas Ighodaro, Roger Guenvuer Smith, Samson Styles, Rachel Nicks, Carl Hancock Rux, Tilly Scott Pederson and Melvin Van Peebles. The film was shot by Nelson George using a Canon 60D camera in a documentary style in U.S., Europe and Africa and was self-financed.
Life Support was a look at the impact of HIV on an black family in Brooklyn, New York. The story was inspired by events in George's own family. Queen Latifah won a Golden Globe playing the lead.
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