Join us for the fourth and fifth films in a series of screenings dedicated to the cinematic performances of Paul Robeson, the noted African-American actor, singer, and activist.
Thursday, April 20th, 7-9pm
Landis Cinema - Buck Hall, 219 N. 3rd St.
Shuttle bus service to/from College Hill. We welcome all students, faculty, staff, and the greater Easton community.
Robeson contributes a prologue narration and his own singing to My Song Goes Forth, a short documentary about daily life in urban and rural black communities in rapidly industrializing Johannesburg, South Africa. Also known as Africa Sings and Africa Looks Up, this first film in our special double feature reveals an acute tension between the film’s uncomplicated presentation of race relations in South Africa and Robeson’s own political commitments.
Borderline, our second film, continues the interracial theme of the first, featuring Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of affairs. The sole feature of British film theorist Kenneth Macpherson, Borderline boldly blends Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama.
Part of a series of events in Spring 2017: BODY AND SOUL: THE ART AND ACTIVISM OF PAUL ROBESON
Africana Studies, Film and Media Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Russian and East European Studies, Mellon STEAM grant