Documentary, dir. By Karen Thorsen and co-produced by Douglas K. Dempsey
US, 1989 (Original), 87 min.,
2K Restoration

An emotional portrait, a social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality. Without using narration, the film allows Baldwin to tell his own story — what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay and gifted in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.”

This award-winning documentary, now considered a classic, combines rarely seen archival footage from nine countries, public speeches, and interviews with close friends and colleagues, among them Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron.

Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Karen Thorsen and Douglas K. Dempsey on the restoration of the film. Moderators will be Kim Jenkins and Jonathan Square.

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