Ava DuVernay’s film collective Array has officially acquired the Damani Baker directed documentary, The House on Coco Road. Coco Road made it’s world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, and will be the film collective’s (ARRAY) 16th acquisition.
The documentary examines the filmmaker’s own family after they left Oakland, CA only to find themselves in the sights of the U.S. Military as the Reagan Administration invaded the Caribbean island nation in late 1983. Coco Road will debut on Netflix on June 30 as well as have a semi-theatrical tour around the country.
“Filmmaker Damani Baker’s cinematic journey into the heart of women-led political movements and his mother’s pursuit of liberty for her children at all costs is immensely inspiring,” said ARRAY’s Executive Director Tilane Jones today of Coco Road. “We’re excited to share this piece of American history and activism with an international film audience,” Jones added of the film that also features interviews with the likes of Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Fannie Haughton.
DuVernay launched ARRAY in 2010 under the name African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). In 2015 the company re-branded itself as ARRAY and expanded its focus to release and champion films by black filmmakers from the African diaspora, as well as women and other filmmakers of color. Since its inception in 2010, DuVernay and her team at ARRAY have committed themselves wholeheartedly to finding ways to expose films by people of color and women to audiences across the country.
The House on Coco Road will be the 16th release for ARRAY. The organization has already released a total of 14 films in only 5 years: ‘I Will Follow’ (2011), ‘Kinyarwanda’ (2011), ‘Restless City’ (2012),‘Middle of Nowhere‘ (2012), ‘Better Mus’ Come‘ (2013), ‘Big Words‘ (2013), ‘Vanishing Pearls‘ (2014), ‘Mississippi Damned‘ (2015 via Netflix), ’25 Years to Life’ (2014), ‘Ayanda’(2015), ‘Out of My Hand‘ (2015), ‘Ashes and Embers’ (2016), ‘Echo Park‘ (2016), ‘Honey‘ (2016), Namour (2017).