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Title Arc of justice : the rise, fall and rebirth of a beloved community / Open Studio Productions ; produced and directed by Helen S. Cohen & Mark Lipman ; co-producer, John Emmeus Davis
Published [United States] : New Day Films, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file (23 min.)) : sound, color with black and white sequences
Summary This film traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. and the struggle for racial justice and economic empowerment among African Americans in southwest Georgia. NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. Unable to secure government loans to cope with the impact of successive years of drought, NCI lost the land to foreclosure in 1985. But 25 years later it was given new life as a result of a successful and little-known class action lawsuit brought by hundreds of African American farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for loan discrimination. With the settlement, the original founders purchased a 1,600-acre plantation once owned by the largest slave owner and richest man in Georgia. NCI is now growing pecans and using the antebellum mansion on the property as a retreat and training center, still committed to its original mission of promoting racial justice and economic development
Analysis Documentary-style films
Notes Originally produced by New Day Films in 2016
Credits Director of photography, Rick Butler ; editor, Mark Lipman
Performer Participants: Shirley Sherrod, John Lewis, Charles Sherrod
Notes Soundtrack in English; closed captioned
Description based on online resource; title from title frame (Kanopy, viewed April 2, 2020)
Subject New Communities, Inc
Collective farms -- Georgia
Collective settlements -- Georgia
African Americans -- Land tenure
African American farmers -- Georgia
African Americans -- Suffrage -- Georgia
African Americans -- Georgia -- Economic conditions
Civil rights demonstrations -- Georgia -- Albany
African Americans -- History -- 1877-1964.
African Americans -- History -- 1964-
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History
Land tenure -- Georgia -- History
African Americans -- Suffrage.
African American farmers.
African Americans.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
African Americans -- Economic conditions.
African Americans -- Land tenure.
Civil rights demonstrations.
Collective farms.
Collective settlements.
Land tenure.
Rural conditions.
Georgia -- Rural conditions -- History
Georgia -- Albany.
Genre/Form Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Short films.
Documentary films.
Short films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Courts métrages.
Films autres que de fiction.
Vidéos pour personnes handicapées auditives.
Form Streaming video
Author Cohen, Helen S., film director, film producer
Lipman, Mark (Documentary filmmaker), film director, film producer, editor of moving image work
Davis, John Emmeus, 1949- film producer
Butler, Rick, director of photography
Sherrod, Shirley, 1948- on-screen participant
Sherrod, Charles, 1937- on-screen participant
Lewis, John, 1940-2020, on-screen participant
Open Studio Productions, production company
New Day Films, film distributor