HOMEGOINGS***In response to the COVID 19 pandemic and the many we have lost in our communities, we have now made this film available for free streaming. WATCH NOW.
Homegoings is a documentary about Isaiah Owens, a renowned funeral director in Harlem and the community he serves. Directed and produced by Christine Turner, the film premiered at the 2013 Documentary Fortnight at MoMA in New York and opened the 26th Season of PBS’s award-winning series, POV. Featuring an original score by Daniel Bernard Roumain, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones home.
“The morbid meets the deeply spiritual in Christine Turner’s assured documentary. . . Ms. Turner captures the intimacy of solemn, heartfelt moments, and salutes a man who honors their value.”—Andy Webster, The New York Times
“Exquisitely tender. . . one of those rare opportunities to go toward the thing we fear most—death—and realize how much joy and comfort there is in it, when handled with grace and care. Thoughtful and enlightening.”
—Hank Stuever, The Washington Post
“Watching Isaiah Owens’ gentle face . . . and hearing him explain his interest in laying the dead to rest . . . we know instinctively that his presence on earth is a gift to all who meet him, living or dead.”
—Nancy deWolf Smith, The Wall Street Journal
“The 26th season of the public-television documentary series "POV" opens with Christine Turner's lyrical, life-affirming film on the African-American way of death. . .”
—Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
“A string of memorable moments in filmmaker Christine Turner’s moving documentary, 'Homegoings,' refuses to leave my mind’s eye."—Clem Richardson, New York Daily News
Colleges, Universities & Institutions
Purchase an educational DVD or streaming license from California Newsreel.
Contact POV’s Community Engagement Division to request a screener.
Download a discussion guide here.
“Homegoings” is a co-production of Peralta Pictures Inc.; American Documentary | POV and the Diverse Voices Project; and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In Association with Final Cut USA.