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Film Programs
Gordon Parks: Early Documentaries

January 13 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Introduced by Anjuli J. Lebowitz, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

In June 1961, Life magazine published Parks’s seminal photo-essay Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty, a profile of one family living in a favela on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Flavio is a portrait of that family’s eldest son and his daily struggle to survive (1964, 18 minutes). Flavio is followed by two other journalistic works: Diary of a Harlem Family (1968, 20 minutes) and The World of Piri Thomas (1968, 60 minutes). “Produced by NET (National Educational Television), these three films explore the lives of individuals separated by location — Brazil, Black Harlem, and Spanish Harlem — but are all unified by their impoverished environments and struggles to survive for a better future” — Anton Yu. Special thanks to the University of Indiana Libraries Moving Image Archive

image from Diary of a Harlem Family (1968)
courtesy Thirteen Productions

About this Film Series

The Films of Gordon Parks
January 12 – February 10
East Building Auditorium

Film programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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Related Exhibition

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
November 4, 2018 – February 18, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier

About the Artist

Parks, Gordon
, 1912 - 2006

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