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INDEPENDENT LENS: Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
INDEPENDENT LENS SEASON 9

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The story of a Jewish intellectual who gave vital support to the civil rights movement

 


INDEPENDENT LENS

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

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Using photomontage re-creations, interviews, animation, original field footage and recordings, this film examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits. The controversial Jewish anthropologist’s writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture by insisting that we look at the world through each other’s lives and histories. By Llewellyn Smith and Christine Herbes-Sommers.


 
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