The Resource American denial

American denial

Label
American denial
Title
American denial
Contributor
Film director
Provider
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In his 1944 study of the 'Negro Problem' in America, Gunnar Myrdal posed a simple, disturbing question: How can Americans espouse a belief in liberty, equality and equal opportunity while enabling openly racist Jim Crow practices against black citizens? American Denial uses 'the Myrdal question’ to probe and expose the power of denial and unconscious bias in what some have called a ‘post-racial’ America. The film’s narrative cross-cuts between past and present, between Myrdal’s investigation –-and his own personal struggle with denial— and 21st century stories of racial injustice that we overlook while insisting on the preeminence of the ideals of liberty, justice and equality. The film’s original artwork and photo-montage reenactments brings viewers face-to-face with racist ‘stop and frisk’ practices, our incarceration crisis, and racially patterned poverty. The film introduces psychological testing that reveals white implicit bias toward African Americans, as well as African American’s negative attitudes toward themselves. Historians, psychologists, sociologists and Myrdal’s family members offer expert insight, but also share their own personal, unsettling stories. The result is a film that challenges our assumptions about who we are and what we really believe, while illuminating a pattern of racial oppression that we have actively recreated throughout history to the present moment — while just as actively denying its consequences
Cataloging source
UtOrVDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Vital Pictures in 2015
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Herbes-Sommers, Christine
  • Thomson, Kelly
  • Smith, Llewellyn
  • Kanopy
Runtime
54
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Myrdal, Gunnar
  • Racism
  • Racism
Technique
live action
Label
American denial
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 55 minutes)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1175060
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(CaSfKAN)kan1175060
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
American denial
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 55 minutes)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1175060
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(CaSfKAN)kan1175060
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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