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Through a Lens Darkly
A film by Thomas Allen Harris

92 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2014

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The first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.

Inspired by Deborah Willisís book Reflections in Black and featuring works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery Ė and a call to action.

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"Extraordinary...a deep, rich dive into the history of African American photography."
- Time Magazine

"Critic's Pick! A wise and passionate guide to an inexhaustibly fascinating subject."
- The New York Times

"A rich, moving documentary...an expansive, fast-moving look at the African American experience since slavery, canvassing everything from the media savvy of figures like Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth to the ways that contemporary black identity has been corroded by consumerism." - LA Weekly

"One of the most important and necessary documentaries of the year." - Indiewire

"Breathtaking." - Los Angeles Times

"Rich and stunning: the semi-secret history of African-American photo imagery."
- The Village Voice

"Powerful...marvelous. Worth seeing just for the amazing archival footage." - This Week in NY


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Disc Features

●  Bonus Shorts
●  Biographies
●  Digital Diaspora Family Reunion

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