About

This one-hour documentary screened at SxSW and Full Frame festivals, before its national PBS broadcast. Numerous outreach and special screenings include The National Civil Rights Museum, MoMA, the Museum of African American History, The New York Historical Society and Lincoln Center.

In the 1930’s, Jewish intellectuals and political exiles who escaped Nazi Germany and immigrated to the United States faced an uncertain future. Confronted with anti-Semitism at American universities and a public distrust of foreigners, a surprising number of these academics secured teaching positions at traditionally black colleges in the then-segregated South. In many cases, they formed lasting relationships with their students and had an important impact on the communities in which they lived and worked.

“An inspiring portrait of race relations in America”
– THE BOSTON HERALD

“Impressive, informative and deeply moving”
– Merle Bertrand, FILM THREAT

“A wonderful film”
– Eric Mink, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

YEAR:
2000

CREDITS:

A Pacific Street Films production, 
in association with ITVS

Directed by
LORI CHEATLE  and   MARTY TOUB

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE
JOEL SUCHER
STEVE FISCHLER

Executive Producers: 
JOEL SUCHER
STEVE FISCHLER

Edited by
MARTY TOUB

From the book by:
Gabrielle Edgecomb

Featuring: 
John Hope Franklin, Joyce Ladner, James Loewen, John Biggers, Calvin Hernton, Lore and Donald Rasmussen, Donald Cunnigen, Fritz Pappenheim and many others.