• Diary of a Harlem Family

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  • Friday, Nov 3, 2017

    4 PM (91 mins)
    BAMPFA

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I will keep on trying to do films that I think are important. That’s the only way I’ll survive within my own self.

Gordon Parks

In this beautiful, expressionistic essay film featuring his photographs, writing, and music, Gordon Parks reflects on how America shaped him, from his childhood on a Kansas farm to his years in New York City, and from the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War. It is preceded by two of his early short films—Flavio, set in a favela near Rio de Janeiro, and Diary of a Harlem Family—both of which stem from Parks’s work as a Life magazine photojournalist. Through black-and-white photographs, moving images, and diaristic accounts, Parks sensitively portrays the plight of two families living in abject poverty, with a core belief in the dignity and potential of every human being.

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Gordon Parks
  • Shep Morgan
Cinematographer
  • Michael Escover
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • 16mm
  • 60 mins
Source
  • Pentacom Productions/Past America Inc.
Preceded By

Flavio

Gordon Parks, United States, 1964

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 11 mins
source
  • BAMPFA

Diary of a Harlem Family

Gordon Parks, United States, 1968

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 20 mins
source
  • Chicago Film Archives