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Portraits in Black

Synopsis
A collection of three award-winning films. This compilation is designed to increase awareness of how black writers, artists and freedom fighters contributed to the American cultural tradition.

PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR: AMERICA’S FIRST BLACK POET (1972, 22 minutes). A collage of pictures, African art, dramatizations, poetry and story readings, this film biography is a tribute to the first black American to become a recognized poet. As it describes his life and his methods for coping with the many problems he faced, the film also visually illustrates some of Dunbar’s poems and dramatizes one of his stories.

GIFT OF THE BLACK FOLK (1978, 16 minutes). In a striking combination of graphics and historical photographs, this film surveys the lives of Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and accomplishments of these three African-American leaders in the struggle for freedom.

TWO CENTURIES OF BLACK AMERICAN ART (1976, 26 minutes). This film surveys Black American art, tracing the African influences in early work, the widening range of work produced in the slave era, the early struggles for serious recognition in the 19th Century, and the important contributions of today’s African-American artists
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
1986
Subjects
Arts and Humanities
Keywords
literature - American; poetry; Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906); black Americans; American Studies

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
$39.95 ($79.95 institutional use)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

Pyramid Media

Email
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Web
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Phone
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Fax
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Address
PO Box 1048
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California
90406-1048
USA
Notes
USA-produced educational videos and DVDs on a wide range of topics in the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences. The catalogue is searchable by title, category, series or producer and there is a separate section for higher education. Sale.

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