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Welcome Home Brother Charles

(aka Soul Vengeance)
Directed by Jamaa Fanaka
Cast: Marlo Monte Reatha Grey, Stan Kamber, Tiffany Peters
USA, 1975, 87 minutes

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYs5Ly8a-WA

Friday, August 10 - 7:00pm at Roxie Film Center

Saturday, August 11 - 2:30pm at Roxie Film Center


They tried to take everything - even his manhood!

We are thrilled that Director Jamaa Fanaka will be joining us to present his personal 35mm print of Welcome Home Brother Charles. Also known as Soul Vengeance - his 1975 debut is a nearly forgotten (yet absolutely unforgettable), gritty, artistic, socially conscious, grindhouse jaw-dropper. Definitely not your ordinary '70s blaxploitation feature, this was one of three feature films Fanaka wrote, produced, and directed while studying film production at U.C.L.A. (The other two were Emma Mae and the first installment in the popular Penitentiary trilogy). A word of warning, seating is limited for these special presentations, so get your tickets early.

Charles is a small-time drug-dealing pimp who runs afoul of a crooked racist cop and an evil whore-mongering Judge. He is arrested, beaten within an inch of his life and nearly castrated before he even begins to serve his three-year sentence. While doing his time he loses his mind (a little) before reaching a new state of mental clarity. Not surprisingly, his prison experience changes him forever.

Finding it difficult to return to either normal society, or the drug-infested underworld he previously called home, he has a series of minor breakdowns, refuses to deal with his anger issues in a healthy way, and goes forth to seek revenge. Thankfully his time in prison allowed him to develop Svengali-like hypnotic seductive powers and the ability to cause his prehensile penis to grow to a gigantic length and become a python-like instrument of pleasure - or pain! See it with someone you love.

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