• "Learning to Look: The Educational Documentary and Post-War Race Relations"

    Author(s):
    Stephen Charbonneau (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Film Studies
    Subject(s):
    Civil rights, Documentary, Documentary filmmaking
    Item Type:
    Book
    Tag(s):
    nontheatrical filmmaking, Race and film
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JZ95
    Abstract:
    Introduction to my book, "Projecting Race: Postwar America, Civil Rights, and Documentary Film." Projecting Race presents a history of educational documentary filmmaking in the postwar era in light of race relations and the fight for Civil Rights. Drawing on extensive archival research and textual analyses, this book tracks the evolution of race-based, nontheatrical cinema from its neorealist roots to its incorporation of new documentary techniques intent on recording reality in real time. The films featured here include classic documentaries, such as Sidney Meyers’ The Quiet One (1948), as well as a range of familiar and less familiar state-sponsored educational documentaries from the likes of George Stoney (Palmour Street, 1950; All My Babies, 1953; and The Man in the Middle, 1966) and the Drew Associates (Another Way, 1967). The final chapters highlight community development films jointly produced by the National Film Board of Canada and the Office of Economic Opportunity (The Farmersville Project, 1968; The Hartford Project, 1969) in rural and industrial settings. Featuring testimonies from farm workers, activists, and government officials, the films reflect communities in crisis, where the status quo was threatened by organized and politically active racial minorities. Ultimately, this work traces the postwar contours of a liberal racial look as government agencies come to grips with profound and inescapable social change.
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    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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