Strange Victory

In 1948, Leo Hurwitz released a stunningly powerful film that examined the promises made to Black Americans and American servicemen in particular and contrasted that with their experience in this country after helping to secure victory over Japan and Nazi Germany.

The film, which is considered one of the best documentaries of the 20th century, is powerful, poignant, and heartbreaking all at the same time.

Strange Victory (1948)

Strange Victory is the first significant anti-racist U.S. documentary film. With World War II over and Frontier Films dissolved, Leo Hurwitz and Barney Rosset (soon to form Grove Press) teamed up as Target Films to create this eloquent and powerful statement. It was to be their only collaboration. Amidst the high hopes of the post-World War II economic and baby boom, it represented a provocative questioning of the discrepancies between the ideals of the allied victory and the lingering aspects of fascism in U.S. society. In his trademark style, Hurwitz juxtaposes archival scenes of the war’s destruction with newly shot sequences, both actuality and reenacted. It asks the question, “Why are the ideas of loser still alive in the land of the winner?”

Honor The Past

As seen in Harlem (West 117th Street)

Summer of Soul

The teaser…

And more on the whole process and project

Why Questlove Change the Doc’s Title…

Bystander Training

Please join us and your neighbors for a very important bystander intervention training with The New York City Anti-Violence Project on Wednesday, May 19from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. 
 
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At this training, you will learn how to assess safety and use verbal de-escalation tactics as well as intervening against violence. 

Please note this event will be capped at 100 people to allow for the full training. A waitlist will be created after the 100th sign-up and additional trainings will be offered. 

Anti-Racist Rally and Support for Our Neighbor, Yao Pan Ma – Today at 2 pm

WHAT: Press Event

WHERE: Salvation Army East Harlem- Community Center, 175 E125th Street 3rd Ave &, E 125th St, NY, NY 10035 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at 2:00pm

WHO:

-Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez

-Assemblymember Ron Kim

-Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

-Karlin Chan, Local Community Leader

-Jen Wu,  Pro Bono Attorney from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

– Ellen Young- Family Advocate/New York City Council District 20 Candidate

-Congressman Adriano Espaillat 

-Deputy Public Advocate Nick Smith 

-Councilwoman Diana Ayala

-Nilsa Orama, Community Board 11, Chairperson       

– Xavaier Santiago,  Community Board 11 Vice Chairman      

-Ray Lopez,  Little Sisters Assumption Family Health Services, Inc. 

-Deborah Lauter, Executive Director -NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes

– Carey King, Uptown Grand Central

-TA Leaders- 1775 Houses, AK Houses, Wagner Houses, Taino Towers