POC I'm Watching: Jay Tavare & Tembi Locke
|They've got some serious fans.|
My copy of Unbowed (1999) finally arrived in the mail last week, so naturally, I've been sharing much of the wealth. However, I strongly encourage fans to click the link and order their own copies of this rare DVD, as some of the proceeds go to charity benefiting our Native American siblings.
Tavare plays Waka Mani, a trash-talking, rebellious Lakota warrior who's captured and forced to go to a Negro college. There he deals with racism, falls in love with a Black woman, and learns about hot combs. Locke plays Cleola Banks, a bright student born of poor a dark-skinned woman who's trying to get her daughter married into a proper light-skinned family with money.
From the moment these two see each other, sparks fly with a vengeance.
The appeal is obvious; two good-looking POC hooking up in a film which explores a part of POC history that's often ignored. No wonder getting a copy of this film has been a year-long, uphill battle.
Best Film (Nanci Rossov) and Best Actor (Jay Tavare)
American Indian Film Festival
Audience Favorite (2nd Place)
Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles
Best Screenplay (Mildred Inez Lewis)
Jamerican Film Festival