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Through a Lens Darkly

Director - Thomas Allen Harris
Run Time - 92 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD / Digital Streaming
Year - 2013
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interest- African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Biographies/Profiles, Cinema Studies, Civil Rights, Communication, Cultural Studies, Design, Family Relations, Fashion, Gay & Lesbian Studies, History (U.S.), Media Studies, Performance, Photography

Institutional DVD Price:
$395 for Colleges and Universities 
$95 for High Schools

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The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery - and a call to action.

"A powerful, comprehensive visual examination of the African-American image from the beginning of the photography medium to the present. Over 950 mostly original photographs of African Americans assist in weaving stories of representation, exclusion, pride, dignity, pain, shame, hate and stereotypical depictions that have been prominent in American culture." - Documentary Magazine