Last night at the Cinema Village, I attended a packed showing of the new documentary Hidden Colors. This film is about the history of African cultural influence in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Directed by best selling author and host of the “Mack Lessons” podcast Tariq Nasheed, Hidden Colors deals with the often untold history of Africans all over the world. Tariq brings on some heavy-hitters for this one. In this documentary are people like Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Phil Valentine, Shahrazad Ali, and Umar Johnson. Dr. Booker T. Coleman whose presentations I have attended is also in the program along with other Africanist scholars. With a cast like this, you have to go in knowing that no punches will be pulled. Be forewarned: should you see this film, expect your assertions on many topics to be challenged.
A great deal of subject matter was covered in this documentary. From the knowledge of Ancient Egypt(Kemet) to the ancient empires of West Africa, to the Moor influence in medieval Europe, the presenters spoke on things from antiquity to the present day in 2 hours. In addition to dropping knowledge on history and contemporary topics, all of the people speaking were able to present things in a refreshing and humorous way. There was a good balance of that, as is needed in dealing with such difficult subjects. All in all, this was a good documentary, and I will be copping the DVD when it comes out. I need to brush up on my African antiquities. Until next time! Peace!
-Marc W. Polite