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The Issue of Mr. O'Dell

A documentary examining the life of civil rights organizer Jack O'Dell

Overview

Genre
Social Issues, Portrait, Biography, History, and Politics
Synopsis

This documentary examines the lifelong work of a pioneering African-American civil rights activist, Jack O'Dell (1923 - 1919). O'Dell was once a key member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), where he worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. A former member of the Communist Party, O'Dell was followed by the FBI and was eventually forced out of King's organization. At ninety-four years of age at the time the film was completed, O'Dell spoke to issues concerning the civil rights struggle, both with respect to his historical involvement and to its contemporary incarnation with the Black Lives Matter movement. A veteran organizer within the Civil Rights Movement, O'Dell eloquently commented on contemporary forms of racism and inequality in America.

Stage
finished
Running time
35 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Country
Canada

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Festivals
Full Frame '18, DOXA '18, St. Louis '18, Rhode Island '18
Awards
President's Award - Full Frame 18, Social Impact Award - Local Sightings '19
Distribution
Cinema Guild
Broadcast (Acq.)
Knowledge Network
Language
English
Subtitles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDCFFuPjLOg&t=2s

Photos

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