Projecting Race

Postwar America, Civil Rights, and Documentary Film

Stephen Charbonneau

Wallflower Press

Projecting Race

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Projecting Race

Postwar America, Civil Rights, and Documentary Film

Stephen Charbonneau

Wallflower Press

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, the volume 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 include classic documentaries, such as Sidney Meyers's The Quiet One (1948), and a range of familiar and less familiar state-sponsored educational documentaries from George Stoney (Palmour Street, 1950; All My Babies, 1953; and The Man in the Middle, 1966) and the Drew Associates (Another Way, 1967). 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 organized and politically active racial minorities upended the status quo. Ultimately, this work traces the postwar contours of a liberal racial outlook as government agencies came to grips with profound and inescapable social change.
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Learning to Look: The Educational Documentary and Post-war Race Relations
1. Documenting from Below: Post-war Documentary, Race, and Everyday Life
2. The Sick Quiet That Follows Violence: Neorealism, Psychotherapy, and Collaboration
3. Charismatic Knowledge: Modernity and Southern African American Midwifery in All My Babies (1952)
4. Full of Fire: Historical Urgency and Utility in The Man in the Middle (1966)
5. Training Days: Liberal Advocacy and Self-Improvement in War on Poverty Films
6. The World Is Quiet Here: War on Poverty, Participatory Filmmaking and The Farmersville Project (1968)
7. An Urban Situation: The Hartford Project (1969) and the North American Challenge
Conclusion: Still Burning: Pedagogy, Participation and Documentary Media
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Stephen Charbonneau is associate professor of film studies at Florida Atlantic University. His work on media pedagogy, youth media, and documentary film has been published in Jump Cut, Journal of Popular Film & Television, Framework, Spectator, and Journal of Popular Culture.