Standing at the Scratch Line ★★★

Julie Dash's Standing at the Scratch Line is a poetic and heartful document of memory - about the early african-american experience and the collective history and impact. Mixing archive footage and photos with some live action and what I'd call a narrative poetry, the piece has a delicate and reverent tone. Sometimes languid, the films' peaks come with the spoken words overtop the images - it's a powerful combination.