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|Contact: Stephan Schelansky|
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|Country of Production:||USA, 1998|
|Running Time:||54 minutes (video, documentary)|
Filmmaker Alexandra Isles --together with Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis and other witnesses-- creates a palpable and stirring testament to African-Americans who were blacklisted during the McCarthy era for standing up for what they knew was right. Following the experiences of WWII and democracy's triumph over fascism, African-Americans saw the possibility of real equality in a new America. Black actors, the most visible Americans of color at that time, understood their singular role in forging this new America. But they were up against an America that feared equality as much as Communism and a government willing to use Red Scare politics and the brand of "un-American" to silence some of the country's finest talents.
Alexandra Isles produced and directed The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews, which premiered at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and was shown on WNET and other PBS and European television stations. She has been an interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Project, and is currently making a documentary on the fate of Europe's gypsies in the Holocaust.