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Herskovits at the heart of blackness

Author: Llewellyn SmithVincent BrownChristine Herbes-SommersDarryl HarperXavier DavisAll authors
Publisher: [Berkeley, Calif.] : California Newsreel, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : [Widescreen version]View all editions and formats
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This documentary traces the career of Melville J. Herskovits, the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and controversial intellectual who established the first African Studies Center at an American university and authored The Myth of the Negro Past. Rarely seen archival footage, provocative animation, and unique photo montage re-enactments propel the story and interviews from leading scholars of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Biography
Documentary films
Historical films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
DVD-Video discs
Named Person: Melville J Herskovits; Melville J Herskovits
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Llewellyn Smith; Vincent Brown; Christine Herbes-Sommers; Darryl Harper; Xavier Davis; Vital Pictures (Firm); Independent Television Service.; California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 319068381
Language Note: In English. Closed captioned.
Notes: Title from feature.
Credits: Director of photography, Tom Fahey ; animation, Susan Chien [and others] ; editor, James Rutenbeck ; original music, Darryl Harper, Xavier Davis.
Performer(s): Interviewees: K. Anthony Appiah, Lee D. Baker, Vincent Brown, Johnnetta Cole, Jean Herskovits Corry, Jerry Gershenhorn, Gelya Frank, Mae Ngai.
Description: 1 videodisc (57 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: Herskovits, anthropology & identity --
Jews & blacks : similar experiences? --
Anthropology as a study of race --
"What are you?" --
Rediscovering Africa --
Africanisms in the Americas --
Politics and the production of knowledge --
The myth of the negro past --
Conflicts with black scholars --
The decolonization of Africa --
Reinterpretations and black power --
Who gets to define a people's identity?
Responsibility: Vital Pictures, ITVS ; directed and produced by Llewellyn M. Smith ; producer & director of research, Vincent Brown ; executive producer, Christine Herbes-Sommers.

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This documentary traces the career of Melville J. Herskovits, the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and controversial intellectual who established the first African Studies Center at an American university and authored The Myth of the Negro Past. Rarely seen archival footage, provocative animation, and unique photo montage re-enactments propel the story and interviews from leading scholars of race and culture forward.

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Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

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This fascinating and informative documentary looks at the legacy of a man who the scholar Vincent Brown affectionately refers to as the Elvis Presley of African American studies. Melville J. Herskovits, whose wife Frances collaborated with him in his fieldwork, published his first book, The American...
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