The Black and the Green with Something to Build On
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.