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'White: A Memoir in Color'

Joel Katz
Year Grant Awarded 2010

Email > jkatz@igc.org
State > NY Zip Code > 12498
Website > http://www.onierafilms.com
Website > Joel Katz

WHITE: A MEMOIR IN COLOR is a personal film about being white in America. It tells an emotional multi-generational story about my (white) family that encompasses immigration, assimilation, liberal idealism, bitter disillusionment, and ultimately reconciliation. It is told from several autobiographical perspectives: as the son of a white Jewish father who was a Professor at Howard University, the pre-eminent African-American University in the U.S., from 1968-86; as a Professor myself in a University with a predominantly non-white student body; and as an adoptive parent to a mixed-race child. Like my last film STRANGE FRUIT, WHITE: A MEMOIR IN COLOR explores the intricacies of Black/Jewish relations, this time through a much more personal lens.