Native Land, a feature film my father Alfred Saxe worked on, presents a communist “Popular Front” narrative of the 1930s-40s labor movement. Class discussion will include left cultural activism of the New Deal era aka “The Cultural Front” .
- Read this brief bio of Paul Robeson, the narrator of Native Land.
- Read film review of Native Land by Jan-Christopher Horak.
- View Native Land (1942). [1:28:30]
Reading questions – written responses required
- In a sentence or two, describe a notable scene. What’s interesting? What do you see? To share in class, include its time location. (mins: secs)
- What are your general responses to the film? How does the film speak to any issues we’ve discussed this term?
- How does it compare with film/TV/web media of today?
Written assignments are single-spaced, typed in Times New Roman or Arial (12 pt), 1-inch margins. Remember to proofread. First page should have a heading (single-spaced) that includes name, date, assignment title.