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11 May 1942 (USA) See more »
Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Native Land was a very compelling documentary of what unions went through in the mid-20th century See more (4 total) »


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Paul Robeson ... Narrator / Vocalist (voice)
Fred Johnson ... Fred Hill, farmer
Mary George ... Hill's Wife
John Rennick ... Hill's Son
Amelia Romano ... Window Scrubber
Houseley Stevenson ... White Sharecropper (as Housely Stevens)
Louis Grant ... Black Sharecropper
James Hanney ... Mack, union president

Howard Da Silva ... Jim - informant (as Howard DaSylva)
Art Smith ... Harry Carlyle
Bert Conway
Richard Bishop ... Spy Executive
Charles Jordan
Vaughn King ... Mary, Mack's wife

Robert Strauss ... Frank Mason, grocer
Dolores Cornell ... Girl with Balloon

John Marley ... Thug With Crowbar (as John Marlieb)
Tom Connors Jr. ... Joseph Shumaker (as Tom Connors)

Harry Wilson ... Eugene Poulnot
Charles Webber ... Minister (as Rev. Charles Webber)
Virginia Stevens ... Whitey's Widow

Clancy Cooper ... Whitey's Eulogist
Tom Pedi ... Harry, man helping nurse

Directed by
Leo Hurwitz 
Paul Strand 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leo Hurwitz 
Ben Maddow  (as David Wolff)
Paul Strand 

Produced by
Leo Hurwitz .... producer
Paul Strand .... producer
Original Music by
Marc Blitzstein 
Cinematography by
Paul Strand 
Film Editing by
Lionel Berman 
Leo Hurwitz 
Bob Stebbins 
Production Management
George Jacobson .... production manager
Sound Department
Ralph Aseev .... sound editor
Bob Stebbins .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Richard Leacock .... assistant editor
Music Department
Lehman Engel .... musical director
Henry Brant .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Julia Milch .... production assistant
Ruth Miller .... production assistant
Alfred Saxe .... associate director
Bill Watts .... associate director

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Additional Details

80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Reeves Sound System)

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Feature film debut of Robert Strauss.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Native Land was a very compelling documentary of what unions went through in the mid-20th century, 21 February 2014
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

When Paul Robeson returned to the U.S. after spending the previous 12 years in England, this was the first film here he was involved in which he narrates about the plight of various union workers being oppressed-and even killed-for speaking up. This film-directed by Paul Strand & Leo Hurwitz-is a mixture of reenactments and actual documentary footage about certain events. Compelling score by Marc Blitzstein and Robeson gives his narration some feeling. Some scenes may shock in the way many deaths occur. The tone veers back-and-forth between despair and inspiration but there always seem some purpose to what is happening and depicted. So on that note, I recommend Native Land. P.S. The disc I saw this on was part of the Paul Robeson collection and had a nice extra called "The Story of Native Land" which has Tom Hurwitz-son of co-director Leo-recount how it came to be.

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