Ruby Dee’s Grandson Shares Great Thanks For Outpouring Of Love

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    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee by their grandson Muta’Ali, will have its world premiere at Film Life 18th Annual American Black Film

    Festival. The film—part tribute, part history lesson and part coming-of-age story for the filmmaker gives viewers an intimate look into

    the remarkable lives of the couple many consider the all-time king and queen of Black Hollywood.

    The film, produced by Jevon “NJ” Frank, follows Muta’Ali as he delves into chapters of their lives that span the 20th and 21st

    centuries, posing probing questions to his grandmother as well as to celebrity friends, costars and fellow activists of the star couple in

    his search for his own life’s path. Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Hill Harper, Samuel Jackson, Spike

    Lee, Sonia Sanchez and Dr. Cornel West are among the notables who offer insights into and memories of the couple’s love, art and

    activism. Davis weighs in, too, speaking to his grandson through never-before-seen footage and memorabilia from the Davis-Dee

    family archives.

    He had these emotional words to share:

     

    The outpouring of love and condolences to the family has truly bolstered our spirits during this difficult time. Though it is painful, I

    believe she has transitioned to a better place. In one of our conversations, Gram Ruby said, ‘I’ve come to the conclusion we really

    don’t know death. I don’t know anything that really dies. I’ve thought about it since Ossie’s gone…and I feel his presence.’” 

     

    “I cannot stress enough the importance of deliberately speaking with loved ones about life while we still can. After losing Grandpa, I

    sat down with Gram Ruby to learn as much as I could about how to be a better person. The story within the documentary unfolds

    through her conversations with me, archival footage and interviews with family and friends. What I realize is that their lives have not

    only an historical impact but also a contemporary significance to anyone struggling with love, art and activism today. The story

    presents my personal perspective on the power of Gram Ruby and Grandpa’s lives as I struggle to hold on to my grandmother and

    make the most of what she imparts. I thank her so much for taking the time to do that.”

     

                                                                                                                                                                            —Muta’Ali

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