Race Is the Place

November 22, 2005

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About the Documentary

Funny, angry, and profound, Race Is the Place is a visual and verbal riff on race in America from a wide variety of artists, poets, rappers, performance artists, and stand-up comics. Featuring established artists as well as up-and-comers, Race Is the Place is a one-hour jam that combines racially charged clips from old movies with interviews and performances. These pieces dare to examine one of the most emotionally explosive issues in American life, busting stereotypes by using humor and poetry to say things traditionally left unsaid.

Included in the film are Arab American comic Ahmed Ahmed, monologuist Danny Hoch, Hawaiian poet Haunani-Kay Trask, rap artist Kate Rigg, as well as visual artists Michael Ray Charles, Ben Sakoguchi, Enrique Chagoya, Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, and Paula de Joie. Produced by Raymond Telles and Rick Tejada-Flores (The Fight in the Fields), Race Is the Place casts a light on what it means to be a minority American in a time of many different Americas.

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