Bittersweet Stories: a film by Michael Rogosin

Black Roots, Lionel Rogosin’s fourth film is aimed at revealing the black experience in 1970s America. It is a unique oral history that uses song and bittersweet stories to illustrate the difficulties of black people living in a white America. Bitter Sweet Stories Talking about Black Roots is a documentary about the making of Rogosin’s film. It further explores his creative process and inspiration. With interviews featuring Ruth Schell the editor of Black Roots, and Jim Collier one of the participants in the film, it gives us a new perspective on Rogosin’s work and a peak into the lives of the people featured in the original Black Roots film. We find out who these figures are, why they told their stories and how they found their way onto Rogosin’s set.

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    Black Roots, Lionel Rogosin’s fourth film is aimed at revealing the black experience in 1970s America. It is a unique oral history that uses song and bittersweet stories to illustrate the difficulties of black people living in a white America. Bitter Sweet Stories Talking about Black Roots is a d...

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    Black Roots, Lionel Rogosin’s fourth film is aimed at revealing the black experience in 1970s America. It is a unique oral history that uses song and bittersweet stories to illustrate the difficulties of black people living in a white America. Bitter Sweet Stories Talking about Black Roots is a d...

  • Black Roots
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    Black Roots

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    Lionel Rogosin (On the Bowery, Come Back Africa) took the fight for equality to his homeland with his astonishing fourth feature Black Roots. The extraordinary cast, including Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, attorney and feminist activist Florynce "Flo" Kennedy, musicians Jim Collier, We...

  • Losing Ground

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    At the time of her death from cancer in 1988, Kathleen Collins was just 46 years old, but she was already an internationally renowned playwright, a popular professor (at New York’s City College) and a successful independent filmmaker.
    Her second film, Losing Ground tells the story of a marriage ...