Dir: Jules Dassin
Cast: Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera
104mins   1968   US   18   English   

With pre-recorded intro by Andy Willis (Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator at HOME in Manchester), curator of the Look Who's Back: The Hollywood Renaissance and the Blacklist strand at this year's Cinema Rediscovered festival.

Part of Black History Month at Depot

Following the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Cleveland’s black community is on a knife-edge, wondering who, if anyone, can be trusted.

Set in the period directly following the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Jules Dassin collaborated with the black actors and activists Ruby Dee and Julian Mayfield on a script that situates the action in the city’s black power movement.

The urgency of the film’s politics saw Paramount attempt to stifle its production and blunt its message, while the FBI coerced crew members to act as informers.

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