Producers' Forum: Documenting Movement - Three Films by Madeline Anderson
Presented in collaboration with the African American Museum in Philadelphia
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Madeline Anderson is often credited as being the first Black woman to produce and direct a televised documentary film, the first Black woman to produce and direct a syndicated tv series, the first Black employee at New York-based public television station WNET, and one of the first black women to join the film editor’s union. The three films in this screening, made between 1960 and 1970, document Black people in their struggle for equality, becoming indispensable historical records and fundamental pieces of political documentary filmmaking in the process.
Integration Report - One (1960)
Incorporating footage by documentary legends Albert Maysles and Ricky Leacock, pro- test songs by Maya Angelou, and a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., Integration Report 1 examines the struggle for black equality in Alabama, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.
A Tribute to Malcolm X (USA, 16 min, 1967)
A commemoration of the four-year anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, featuring an intimate interview with his wife, Betty Shabazz.
I Am Somebody (USA, 30 min, 1970)
In 1969, black female hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina went on strike for union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in a confrontation with the state government and the National Guard.
PRODUCERS’ FORUM SCREENINGS SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, PHILADELPHIA CULTURAL FUND AND PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL ON THE ARTS.