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PBS Debuts Documentary, “Homegoings,” about African American Funerals

Posted: June 14, 2012

On June 24, the PBS documentary program POV will debut Homegoings. Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining documentary-style footage with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the documentary paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."

For more information about Homegoings and to watch a preview, visit the POV website,

Check local listings for specific air dates and times in your community.

As part of their educational mission, POV lends films like Homegoings at no charge for organizations to host community screenings. POV has developed an easy-to-use guide to help you plan and host an effective event. Their event kit also includes tools to help you promote a screening and facilitate a discussion after attendees watch the film.

For more information about hosting a screening, visit the Partner Toolkit page on the Homegoings website.