THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD
An intimate portrait of an activist and teacher who moves her children from Oakland, California to join the Grenada Revolution.
The House on Coco Road is an intimate portrait of Fannie Haughton, an activist and teacher who moves her children from Oakland, California to participate in the Grenada Revolution – only to find her family in harms way of a U.S. military invasion.
This film is her son's search for historical and emotional truth that will confirm his mother’s place in American history. With an original score by Meshell Ndegeocello, filmmaker Damani Baker (Still Bill) creates an intimate family portrait of nationalism, freedom and the dream of a more livable world.
"Damani Baker offers a moving personal and historical account of how he and his family were caught up in the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada. The result is a fascinating and under-reported chapter in the never-ending struggle for justice on behalf of black men and women worldwide, as well as a scalding appraisal of Reagan-era racial attitudes at home and abroad." — Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, OCTOBER 5 @ 7PM
Grand lake theatre
MATATU16 Opening party at Penrose following the screening!
Director: Damani Baker
Writers: Jon Fine, Eisa Davis, Cameron Russell
Original Score: Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Producers: Damani Baker, Danny Glover, Belvie Rooks
Length: 82 min
Country: Grenada, USA
plays in concert with The Reagan years
There are three ways to understand the American political landscape of the 1980s. From the left wing perspective, it is the end of America’s commitment to New Deal progressivism. From the right wing perspective, it is the moment that conservative ideals successfully entered national politics. But from the perspective of our generation, the “Reagan Babies,” it looks like a deeply bizarre interlude in the pageantry of American political life: politics as if it were staged by David Lynch, a mix of surrealism and cold hard political fact.
A native of the Bay Area, Damani Baker is a Brooklyn-based director and filmmaker. His first feature documentary (with co-director Alex Vlack) about the life and music of Bill Withers, “Still Bill,” opened theatrically to critical acclaim in 2009 and was acquired by Netflix, Showtime, and BBC. Previous work includes “Return,” an award-winning film that explores the genius of traditional African medicine. Damani’s career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations, and advertisements, and he has worked for clients including Rainforest Alliance, Puma, IBM, and Wieden+Kennedy, among others.
His current projects include over 10 films for museums in Nigeria and Chattanooga, Tennessee for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc. Damani is a Sundance Fellow and alum of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 new faces in independent film.” In addition to his work, Damani is a professor in the filmmaking, screenwriting, and media arts program at Sarah Lawrence.