MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 14, 2022 – WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA

Once more, for those in the back: The United States is a racist country. As lawyer Jeffrey Robinson, the deputy legal director and director of the Trone Center for Justice & Equality at the ACLU, clearly and eloquently reminds viewers in Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler’s must-see documentary Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, the U.S. was founded by White men who enslaved Black people, and that legacy has had an impact on everything that has come since.

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WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

In the documentary Who We Are, Black attorney Jeffrey Robinson, who has been a lawyer for 40 years, performs as the film’s screenwriter, presenter and star as he delivers a lecture on about how our country continues to push aside our increasing divisions when it comes to our ingrained culture that still embraces white supremacy and institutionalized racism in our society. Here is a man, we are told, who is about to argue his most important case.

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WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA – Review by Liz Whittemore

As if he were giving the closing argument of a lifetime, lawyer, author, and activist Jeffery Robinson seamlessly lays out how America is one of the most racist countries in the world. The pervasive culture of white supremacy began the instant the original colonizers from Europe arrived. Robinson explains the fundamental laws created and enforced by the first Americans and the generations who followed. Some of these laws made me gasp in horror. As Jeffrey Robinson runs down the articles in The Constitution, you will feel like you know nothing. Why had I never heard of much of this information before?

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A CRIME IN THE BAYOU – Review by Martha K Baker

A Crime on the Bayou is a defining documentary, excellent and exhilarating. The place: the Bayou of Louisiana. The time: the Sixties. The Crime: one boy touching another to stop a fight. Because the touching was effected by a black teenager, the attempted deterent turned into a federal case that with ancillary cases that re-defined the Constitution.

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A CRIME ON THE BAYOU – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Nancy Buirski’s must-see documentary focuses on an incident that happened in 1966 but is, infuriatingly, still timely and relevant and makes it clear that rallying together and acting as advocates for each other is the only way change will happen. It also makes it clear that the system is not broken; it’s working exactly the way it was intended to – and that’s the problem.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 17, 2020: JOHN LEWIS – GOOD TROUBLE

“It’s because of you, John.” That was the short, powerful note that President Barack Obama wrote to Congressman John Lewis on Obama’s first inauguration day, and director Dawn Porter’s moving documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble shows us exactly how right the president was. The film chronicles the highs and lows of Lewis’ life and career, set into the political and historical context of the 1960s to the present day.

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JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Review by Loren King

One couldn’t pick a more appropriate film for this moment in history than John Lewis: Good Trouble. The 80 year-old civil rights leader and US Congressman’s life has spanned the Jim Crow south to the halls of power. Dawn Porter’s documentary doesn’t do anything fancy and it doesn’t need to; Lewis’s personal story and the historical footage speak volumes.

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