Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1996)

This film relates the story of a tightly connected Afro-American community informally called Colored Town where the inhabitants live and depend on each other in a world where racist oppression is everywhere, as told by a boy called Cliff who spent his childhood there. Despite this, we see the life of the community in all its joys and sorrows, of those that live there while others decide to leave for a better life north. For those remaining, things come to a serious situation when one prominent businessman is being muscled out by a white competitor using racist intimidation. In response, the community must make the decision of whether to submit meekly like they always have, or finally fight for their rights.

  • Tim Reid
  • Paul W. Cooper
  • Clifton L. Taulbert
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  • Release Date: 1996-01-26
  • Views: 122
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 115


Uncle Melvin

Paula Kelly

Ma Pearl

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Miss Alice (as Salli Richardson)

Bernie Casey

Mr. Walter

Isaac Hayes

Preacher Hurn

Polly Bergen

Miss Maybry

Taj Mahal

Mr. Will

Leon Robinson

Uncle Melvin
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