About the Film Series

The LITTLE BROTHER film series includes an anthology of 15-minute documentary films that give Black boys a unique voice. Filmmakers Nicole Franklin and J. Tiggett take 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.

To purchase institutional copies of Little Brother, Chapters 1 – 5 visit Third World Newsreel,  www.TWN.org

Little Brother chapters 1 – 5 are currently streaming on the newly launched kweliTV (www.kweli.tv).

Little Brother chapters 1 – 4 are currently airing on the newly launched FUBU TV (www.FUBU.com).

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 growing up amongst extreme violence, poverty and crime, and explores their feelings on love and relationships set against impossible odds.

The second chapter of Little Brother takes place in Chicago and is filmed entirely on the iPhone4. With an introduction by hip-hop artist/actor Common, Little Brother: The Street visits young men on Chicago’s South Side to discuss their thoughts on peer pressure, family dynamics, dating, the perceived media assault on their community and staying safe on the streets.

The third chapter of the series is titled Little Brother: A Do Right Man. In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting and the midst of a rocky political climate, we hear from young men in the state of Florida about the relationships in their lives that are helping prepare them for adult life and the challenges ahead. This chapter is currently in post-production.

Little Brother:  The Fire Next Time is the fourth chapter of the series filmed in Muskogee, OK. During the past 10 years in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation and the descendants of the Freedmen have been involved in a court battle concerning the Freedmen’s rights as Cherokee citizens.  Our young African Cherokees present a candid discussion on love, tribe, family, and race.

Little Brother:  Manchild in the Promised Land is the fifth chapter of the series filmed in Tucson, AZ.  Living close to the Mexican border, the young men have access to an often untold history of ancestral settlers who lived as pioneers and conquistadors.  Our young men discuss life in the Southwest and the current state of race relations. Special thanks to Arizona Heritage Tours.  Photography by Leslie J. Yerman.

Each Little Brother chapter is named after a title in African American literature.

To request an interview with the film team, or for presentations (screenings, workshops, panel discussions) at special events, colleges, or professional conferences, please contact us HERE.