The Issue of Mr. O’Dell
Catalogue Number: AK0000
Producer: Abraham Katz
Subject: Black History, Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, History, Politics, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 35
A thirty-five minute documentary film which examines the lifelong work of a pioneering civil rights activist and organizer, Jack O’Dell, who was at one time a close colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. A former member of the Communist Party, O’Dell was followed by the FBI, labelled the number-five Communist in America by President Kennedy, and was eventually forced out of King’s organization.
At age 94, O’Dell eloquently speaks to issues concerning the civil rights struggle, both with respect to his historical involvement and to its contemporary incarnation under the stewardship of groups like Black Lives Matter. He continues to passionately address the problems of systemic racism and inequality.
Winner: President's Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival '18
Winner: Best International Short, Baltimore International Black Film Festival '18
"[A] personal and humanizing portrait" - Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
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