Directed by Christine Turner

Produced by Christine Turner

Homegoings is nominated for:

  • Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television  Christine Turner and Simon Kilmurry


Isaiah Owens has lived with the dead since childhood. Filmmaker Christine Turner vividly captures this fascinating story, and the meticulous stages, of Owens’s work as a successful funeral director in Harlem by allowing viewers a candid behind-the-scenes view of the care, compassion, and attention to detail that go into the rituals of the theater of final farewells. In Homegoings, we observe a magically elegant match between passion and occupation that also sheds light on the myriad ways that Americans cope with the mortality of their loved ones—with grief, humor, faith, family, tribute, and tradition. (Full Frame)

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