Zora Neale Hurston Field Work Footage

While we read multiple texts by Zora Neale Hurston, her foray into the world of film would also be interesting. I think it would also serve as a great segue to Daughters of the Dust because some of the film is concerned with the religious practice of the Gullah people of South Carolina. Her film is of real Southerners working in the fields in the `1920s and its nature as a documentary film would contribute a lot to the reality of life in the South during the Jim Crow era. As well as potentially contributing significantly to the class, it is easily found on Youtube.
It is very hard to find films of this time by Black directors and Hurston, through her documentary footage, fills this gap. Instead of having to consider the exploitation of Black actors and a Black audience, instead the viewer can focus on the true to life nature of the video. It is also drastically different to the films of the era in that it is obviously not a Hollywood production with lavish sets and carefully thought out blocking. Instead, it is just what Hurston saw in her travels and shows, directly, the Black experience of the time. This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.

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