Follow the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as... See full synopsis »

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Llewellyn M. Smith

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Episode credited cast:
Michelle Alexander ... Herself
Danielle Allen Danielle Allen ... Herself
Mahzarin Banaji Mahzarin Banaji ... Himself
Joel Blanco Joel Blanco
Sissela Bok Sissela Bok ... Herself
Vincent Brown Vincent Brown ... Himself
Khyvon Bruton Khyvon Bruton
Jesse Christensen Jesse Christensen ... Gunnar Myrdal
Christopher Conway Christopher Conway
Tom Fahey Tom Fahey
Safiya Fredericks ... (voice)
Peter Frumkin Peter Frumkin
Kaj Fölster Kaj Fölster ... Himself
Kani Givens Kani Givens
Joshua Gregory Joshua Gregory
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Follow the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States racial psyche becomes a lens for modern inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. The films unusual narrative sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans. Archival footage, newsreels, nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the 30s and 40s thread through the story, as well as psychological testing into racial attitudes from research footage, websites, and YouTube films.

Hear from experts historians, psychologists, sociologists and Myrdals daughters all filmed directly to camera. Witnesses work to exhume unconscious feelings Americans ...

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23 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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