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The Black and the Green with Something to Build On

The Black and the Green with Something to Build On

The Black and the Green with Something to Build On

Various / 73min / 16mm

DIRECTOR: ST. CLAIR BOURNE

Panel discussion following screening with special guests Judith Bourne, Sam Pollard, and Pearl Bowser.

THE BLACK AND THE GREEN
St. Clair Bourne / 1983 / 16mm / 45 mins

SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
St. Clair Bourne / 1971 / 16mm / 29 mins
Courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts

One of Bourne’s greatest films, The Black and the Green documents a meeting of the minds in Northern Ireland, as activists discuss parallels and differences between the Black American and Irish liberation struggles. Bourne said the film “ends up seeming pro-Irish Republican Army in the same sense that a film about Selma in the ‘60s might have ended up seeming pro-black, but then I’m a filmmaker from the ‘60s. I try to be humanistically political.” Screening with Something to Build On; simultaneously a documentary and an instructional film, Bourne here creates a unique hybrid that presents new, community-based alternatives to traditional higher education, as well as ideas for students on post-high school options.