I Am Somebody + Let the Church Say Amen!
I AM SOMEBODY
Director: Madeline Anderson
1970 / 30 mins / DCP
LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN!
Director: St. Clair Bourne
1973 / 67 mins / 16mm
Among the finest works of documentary journalism produced in the groundbreaking 1960s, Anderson’s I Am Somebody follows a landmark victory for southern black women, when 400 Local 1199 hospital workers in South Carolina demanded their right to union recognition in the face of National Guardsmen called in to intimidate under the guise of keeping the peace. Screens with Let the Church Say Amen!, another of Bourne’s undisputed classics, made at the precocious age of 30; the film is both the story of a young minister finding himself and his place in religious life, and the significance of the church in African-American life during a time of new consciousness. Edited by Anderson, Bourne’s former Black Journal colleague.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.