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"A devastating yet inspiring reminder of when racial terror raged through this country and when blacks and whites worked together to stop it. This film can help strengthen this same struggle in our own era."  -- Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center

"Straightforward yet nuanced, ‘Strange Fruit’ tells a story that must be told. We know the importance of Billie Holiday's recording. But this indispensable video fills in the history binding the struggle against lynching and for black rights with a wealth of common history of African Americans, Jewish Americans, and the American Left. We need to learn this chapter in our past."  -- Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University

"This is a fascinating story about a song that compelled its audiences to confront the past in ways that could be genuinely disturbing. It is no less disturbing today."  -- Leon F. Litwack,
Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

"An excellent documentary ... A thoughtful discussion prompter."

"For all audiences, this reflection on a unique song brilliantly captures the relationship between social art and our real lives and history." -- Library Journal


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Reviews & Awards

AWARDS (partial list):

•Grand Jury Prize, USA Film Festival, Dallas, TX 

•selected as one of the Top Ten non-fiction films of 2002 by Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer

Grand Prize, Best Documentary Film/Video, New Jersey International Film Festival

•Audience Award, Best Documentary,  Big Muddy Film Festival 

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Denver Pan-African Film Festival

•Best Short Documentary, Santa Cruz Film Festival

•Honorable Mention, Juror's Choice Award  Double Take Documentary Film Festival 

•Honorable Mention, Erik Barnouw Award, Organization of American Historians, 2003

•Director's Citation Award, Black Maria Film Festival

•Best Documentary Award  Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, Mississippi  

•Audience Award, Best Documentary -- Boston Jewish Film Festival

•International Jury Prize, Special Ewals Schorm Award for the Best Program Related to the Arts.   Academia Film Olomouc, Czech Republic   March 2002.

•Honorable Mention, Paul Robeson Award of the Newark Black Film Festival   - August, 2002