Black Picket Fence

African American, American Culture, Music
Sergio Goes
92 minutes


*Independent Spirit Award for Best Score
*Independent Spirit Award Certificate of Excellence
*Honorable Mention Jury Award Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

"Honest and heartfelt" -Film Threat


Black Picket Fence is director Sergio Goes' poignant portrait of the bleak realities of life in the public housing projects of Brooklyn's East New York, one of the inner city's most dangerous and violent neighborhoods. Culled from nearly two years of filming, the documentary's candid interviews, lyric moments of grim beauty, and powerful footage take us beyond the usual stereotypes of the rap world and into the life of Tislam Milliner, a struggling rapper who's ambition is to make it out of the hood.



Sergio Goes

Born in Brazil, Sergio Goes lived in the U.S. for almost 20 years. He was the recipient of two Golden Light Awards for his documentary work, and his photography has been published and exhibited internationally. Black Picket Fence was his first film.


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