Native Land (1942)


Genres
Drama, Documentary, History
Runtime
1h 29min
Age rating
PG

Cast

Mary George
Hill's Wife
John Rennick
Hill's Son
Amelia Romano
Young Girl in Cleveland
Houseley Stevenson
White Sharecropper
Louis Grant
Black Sharecropper
Art Smith
Harry Carlyle
Robert Strauss
Frank Mason, grocer
John Marley
Thug With Crowbar
Harry Wilson
Eugene Poulnot

Synopsis

By the start of World War II, Paul Robeson had given up his lucrative mainstream work to participate in more socially progressive film and stage productions. Robeson committed his support to Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz’s political semidocumentary Native Land. With Robeson’s narration and songs, this beautifully shot and edited film exposes violations of Americans’ civil liberties and is a call to action for exploited workers around the country. Scarcely shown since its debut, Native Land represents Robeson’s shift from narrative cinema to the leftist documentaries that would define the final chapter of his controversial film career.

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