American Experience

The Films of Zora Neale Hurston

Clip: Season 35 Episode 2 | 2m 58s

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Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain talks about Zora Neale Hurston and her interest in capturing the rural Black folk in her writings and ethnographic work. In multiple trips to the south, Hurston shot 16mm film of rural Black people, culture and customs amassing 85 minutes of footage that she shot and/or directed.

Aired: 01/17/23 | Rating: NR

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