Boyz N the Hood


Celebrate the groundbreaking career of the late, great filmmaker John Singleton at a special screening of his 1991 Oscar-nominated hit, Boyz in the Hood! Co-presented by The Tucson Black Film Club, featuring an introduction by Dr. Tani Sanchez, Associate Professor in the UA Department of Africana Studies.

“Boyz in the Hood is a knockdown assault on the senses, a joltingly sad story told with power, dignity and humor.” – Duane Birge, Hollywood Reporter

Director John Singleton’s stunning debut feature, which garnered the young filmmaker the first-ever Best Director Academy Award nomination for an African American artist, chronicles thetrials and tribulations of three young African American males growing up in South Central LosAngeles in the early ‘90s. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube), a would-be gang banger. Over the years, each chooses his own path: Tre seems bound for college; Ricky is a blue-chip running back with his pick of schools; Doughboy is a dope dealer and bona fide gangster who drifts in and out of the county juvenile facility. All is well until, without warning, a rival gang enters their lives with tragic results, forcing Tre to decide whether to jeopardize his future and, perhaps, his life for the price of revenge and self-respect. One of the best and most celebrated films of the early ‘90s wave of Hollywood African American cinema, Boyz in the Hood is a searing, powerfully moving tale that feels as relevant today as it did over 25 years ago. (Dir. by John Singleton, 1991, USA, 112 mins., Rated R)

John Singleton was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He was best known for directing Boyz in the Hood (1991), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming, at age 24, the first African American and the youngest person to have ever been nominated for that award. Subsequent films included Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Rosewood (1997), Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Four Brothers (2005).