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Paul Robeson Talk

The Tallest Tree In Our Forest

Mike Jennings | 2023 | 100 MINS
Film Talk

To mark Black History Month, a talk, illustrated with a range of clips, on Paul Robeson, academic, lawyer, sportsman, film star, singer and activist. ‘Show Boat’ will be screened later this month.

In Detail

Paul Robeson (1898-1978), the son of a freed slave, was a much-honoured academic, a lawyer, a professional football player, an acclaimed Shakespearean actor and film star, a renowned baritone and a political activist on behalf of disenfranchised peoples all over the world.

Yet he was criticised, monitored and restricted by the US Government, the FBI and other official bodies for his progressive views on a range of social and political issues.

Mike Jennings, of the cinema’s Education Team, will discuss the life and career of this pioneering trailblazer for the many other Afro-American artists, in the arts and politics, who followed him, exploring what made him a world-wide sensation, dignified and heroic to some, an irritant and traitor to others, with a range of clips from his important films, from TV interviews, his glorious music, and from media and political coverage of his life.

100m (inc 10 mins Q&A)

Sat 14 Oct 10:00 – In the Auditorium

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