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Native Land

Tuesday, April 21

Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz has shot numerous acclaimed docs ranging from HARLAN COUNTY USA (1976) to VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR (2008). Now he visits STF to pay tribute to the career of his father with this presentation of NATIVE LAND (1942), co-directed by Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand. The film looks at labor struggles in the U.S., drawing upon the top talent of the time, including narrator Paul Robeson. Actors from the Group Theater reenact scenes that couldn’t be observed in traditional documentary style.

The film had a long and troubled production over many years. Completed just as the U.S. was entering World War II, it only had a brief release and went unseen for decades. At this special STF presentation, Tom Hurwitz will discuss the fascinating back story along with Manny Kirchheimer, a former colleague of the late Leo Hurwitz.

Part of the Spring 2009 season of the Stranger Than Fiction documentary series.