Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00pm
@ the Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
Made in Harlem: No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger
David L. Weiss, 1968, 86 min
The unflinching 1968 documentary No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger follows 400,000 protesters as they march from Harlem to the United Nations building to decry the United States' continued involvement in the Vietnam War. An electrifying portrait of the righteous anger of black anti-war protesters and veterans, director David L. Weiss captures the ways in which black liberation and the anti-Vietnam movement were inextricably linked. Screening will be followed by a talkback with commentators and activists.
Introduction by film archivist John Klacsmann, who worked with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to restore this film. Post-film discussion with Dr. Robyn C. Spencer, history professor at Lehman College.
$15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members
Includes Museum admission.
This program is part of
Made In Harlem: Class of ‘68
Fall 2018- Spring 2019
In the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King (April 4th, 1968) and the subsequent riots throughout America’s tapestry of urban centers – a fruitful reformer’s zeal possessed the U.S. which lead in part to the dawn of Black and Ethnic Studies programs, and the first community colleges. More locally in Harlem the Studio Museum was founded, as well as the National Black Theater, and El Museo del Barrio. As well in 1968, galvanized by the assassination of MLK, the New York City Ballet’s first African American star Arthur Mitchell (1934-2018) began teaching at the Harlem School of the Arts, and formed what would become the Dance Theater of Harlem in 1969.
Made in Harlem: Class of ’68 unpacks and explores the period before, during, and after the birth of these key cultural institutions in Harlem, as well as their impact, a period where Black Power, the Civil Rights Era, and Black Arts Movement coalesced and helped forge new aesthetics, politics, understandings and philosophies – the legacy of which is found everywhere throughout the planet in the early 21st century.
As Harlem, the United States, and the planet goes through rapid transformation there is hunger and yearning for context, understanding and literacy of our shared, and often erased history. This is an opportunity to quench that thirst. Made in Harlem is programmed by Jessica Green.
This screening is also part of the Museum of the City of New York's Activism on Film series, which delves into stories of social activism in New York City inspired by our ongoing Activist New York exhibition.
This series is supported by the West Harlem Development Corporation.