Red Rooster is a real find on 125th street. Its sleek, old-world Harlem decor feels simultaneously exclusive and inviting while evoking the legend of the long defunct neighborhood bar it's named after.
There was a definite Harlem theme to the films, yet there was also a lot more than only Harlem. Festivals should always be about stimulating the audience to think and to feel, and sometimes to get angry.
Tait's film is a powerful depiction of the history of race in New York City. It's great strength is that it shows Blacks as historical actors battling for freedom and rights rather than as just victims of savage injustices.