Top shelf vodka maker Grey Goose is celebrating Black History Month 2009 on YouTube with a series of films about the Black experience in the United States and around the world.
From Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, Grey Goose will sponsor four unique films in the You Tube Screening Room, each with its own perspective on black history, past and present:
• Electric Purgatory looks at the troubles Black musicians face breaking into the rock music industry. (1:09:00)
• Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, chronicles the role freedom songs played in defeating apartheid. The South African film won the Audience award at Sundance in 2002. (1:43:04)
• HUNGU, the only animated film in the group, retells an ancient African story of how the musical instrument the hungu was created. The Canadian film won Best Animated Short at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2008. (9:11)
• The 13th Amendment, a short film following Helen Dennis, a 90 year old African-American woman as she prepared to cast her vote for President Barack Obama. The piece won the 2008 CNN iReporter Film Festival. (4:36)
From Feb. 13 through 26th, interviews from “The Black List” documentary series (also airing this month on HBO) will continue telling the story through the words of well-known African Americans, with a focus on the young and influential, including comedian Chris Rock, media mogul Russell Simmons, and tennis star Serena Williams.