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Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana in 1972, an historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.

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Nationtime is a call to action
Nell Minow,
It's fascinating and unfortunately still too relevant.
Christy Lemire, FilmWeek


Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Louise Greaves & Professor Michele Prettyman moderated by Professor Michelle Materre
Friday, Feb. 26 2021, 7:00
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Louise Archambault Greaves is a filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, curator and researcher. She is known for her work as a co-producer, director and collaborator with her late husband, William (Bill) Greaves, on films such as: Ralph Bunche: An American OdysseySymbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 2 ½; Wealth of a Nation, The Deep North, and Nationtime. Dr. Michele Prettyman is a scholar of film, media, and African American film and visual culture and an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. Michelle Materre is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, Ms. Materre is also founder and curator of the critically acclaimed film series Creatively Speaking, now in its 25th year.

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