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Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart

(Chapter 1)



Title:                                         Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart

Director:                                   Nicole Franklin/Jai Tiggett

Year:                                         2010

Running time:                           18 minutes

Country of Production:             United States

Genre:                                     African American, Urban, Youth, Education, Boys, Juvenile Justice

Language:                                English

Production Company:             EPIPHANY Inc.

Shooting Format,

Aspect Ratio, Sound:               Filmed in HD 16×9, aspect ratio is 16×9. Film Sound is Mono.

Screening Formats:                  DVD, Digital Download

Distributor:         kweliTV and Third World Newsreel

Synopsis:        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.

A conversation that will save a generation.

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 Jai 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.

Public, private and charter schools, churches, and community organizations nationwide have purchased the film.  According to the filmmakers, the post-screening discussions are lively, informative and, in many cases, quite healing.  Responses to these young men have been along the lines of “humorous and heartbreakingly beautiful,”  “extremely profound” and “filled me with pride.”

Filmmaker Nicole Franklin states:  “As a Black woman who is concerned about future generations of Black men and their interaction with young women, I designed Little Brother to be a safe place for our young men to realize that love is very much a part of who they are as a person.  Love is possible.”

Jai Tiggett agrees:  “It concerns me to think that in a few generations, the Black family as we know it may not exist because we couldn’t sustain ourselves, because others didn’t love us, because we didn’t love one another.  These boys are essentially the heads of household of the next generation, and what they have to say about love may give us a clue as to how to preserve it.”

Notable filmmaker and activist Byron Hurt (I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America, Hip-Hop:  Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Barack & Curtis, Soulfood Junkies) endorses Little Brother and the message:  “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 Jai 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.”

Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart is the first of a 10-chapter series and curriculum available for educational institutions, houses of worship, for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, as well as home video use. The film team is available for in-person appearances accompanying screenings. These Little Brother forums are titled An EPIPHANY Conversation and are fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.  Join the discussion and visit our Facebook Fanpage at