"A visually gorgeous melding of poetry and politics."
-Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
A mythopoetic odyssey exploring identity and spirituality across
three generations of an African-American family. USA, East Africa
Astoundingly beautiful and epic in scope, That's My Face (é minha
cara) is a personal documentary offering an entire generation of
African Americans a groundbreaking perspective on the maddening
diasporic search for a mythic motherland. In healing his own cultural
yearnings, director Thomas Allen Harris journeys beyond the political
movements of his day and into a spiritual realm where he finds much
more then he expects.
His grandparents' African Methodist-Episcopal church taught Thomas
as a child that Africa was a place that could only be saved by Christian
missionaries. But his rebellious mother was part of the 1970s' movement
that regarded Africa as home "because we knew America didn't want
us" and migrated the family to Tanzania, East Africa. When they
arrived in the modern city of Dar-es-Saalam, Africa seemed more
like Miami than the motherland they imagined.
Thomas learned to love Africa for what it was, but when he returned
to the Bronx, he was unable to express his newfound identity. Even
his African Methodist-Episcopalian faith failed to provide him comfort
until he learned from an Afro-Brazilian friend that beneath the
patina of conventional Christian iconography is a rich double life
of African ancestral spirit worship. Like his mother, Thomas embarks
on a migration across the ocean, this time to Brazil, in an effort
to find a sense of home and belonging.
"Shot entirely on Super-8 film and employing an innovative sound
design that uses rap and hip-hop multivoice sampling, That's My
Face is as much an artistic gem as a spiritual gift."
- Shari Frilot, Programmer, 2002 Sundance Film Festival
"The impressionist beauty of Harris's Super-8 footage should give
pause to anyone continuing to shoot their documentaries on digital
- Anthony Kaufman, The Village Voice
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety
To purchase a VHS copy of É Minha Cara/That's
My Face, contact Chimpanzee Productions
Institutions VHS: $350.00
Festival Rental Beta or 35mm: $300.00