Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
Director: St. Clair Bourne
USA / 1999 / 117 min
Last screened on Mon, Jul 27
Live Screening introduced by Kazembe Balagun, Project Manager for Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NYC.
A perfect meeting of subject—singer, actor, activist, lawyer, humanitarian Paul Robeson, and filmmaker—writer, organizer, magazine editor, historian St. Clair Bourne, Paul Robeson: Here I Stand is an epic of the biographical documentary. Bourne’s directing and producing career was dedicated to understanding and portraying people and subjects ignored by mainstream media, and his study of Robeson is a clear-eyed analysis of an oft-misunderstood giant of the 20th century. A master class in the synthesis of archival research and modern documentary filmmaking, and a rightful classic of the form.