In 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school teacher Abel Meeropol wrote a poem entitled "Strange Fruit" that begins with the ... See full summary »

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Dorothy Thigpen ...
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Himself, Commodore Records (as Milt Gabler)
Farah Jasmine Griffin ...
Herself, writer and educator
C.T. Vivian ...
Himself, reverend and veteran civil rights activist
E.M. 'Woody' Beck ...
Himself, sociologist
Abbey Lincoln ...
Herself, singer and composer
Michael Denning ...
Himself, historian
Amina Baraka ...
Herself, poet and performer
Amiri Baraka ...
Himself, poet and playwright
Bernie Kassoy ...
Himself, retired teacher and visual artist
Henry Foner ...
Himself, retired teacher and union activist
Honey Kassoy ...
Herself, retired teacher and visual artist
Michael Meeropol ...
Himself, adopted son of Abel Meeropol
Robert Meeropol ...
Himself, adopted son of Abel Meeropol (as Robby Meeropol)
Jeffrey Melnick ...
Himself, historian (as Jeff Melnick)
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In 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school teacher Abel Meeropol wrote a poem entitled "Strange Fruit" that begins with the words: "Southern trees bear a strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root." He set the poem to music and a few years later convinced Billy holiday to record it in a legendary heartbreaking performance. Intertwining jazz genealogy, biography, performance footage, and the history of lynching, director Joel Katz fashions a fascinating discovery of the lost story behind a true American classic. Written by Excerpted from Coolidge Corner Theatre Program Update

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May 2002 (USA)  »

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A very memorable documentary
20 July 2003 | by (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

A few months ago, I saw "Strange Fruit" for the first time. It was so haunting, both the song and the film, that I couldn't get it out of my mind! I've recorded the documentary and am looking for a CD that contains the song. I definitely recommend seeing this film.


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