View James Baldwin Documentary, Take This Hammer, online

June 9th, 2009

The Bay Area Television Archive recently digitized the 1964 KQED documentary, Take This Hammer, which features novelist, essayist and playwright James Baldwin interviewing community leaders in San Francisco’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods. View Take This Hammer in DIVA (45 minutes).

In response to the interest and positive feedback generated by users for Take this hammer, the TV Archive and DIVA will be making a related KQED documentary Losing just the same (1966) available to view online soon. This film examines the lives of an African-American family from West Oakland and: “Moves within the two overlapping worlds of the ghetto. The day to day physical reality and the world of dreams and fantasies of escape.”

Take this Hammer will also be screened at SF MOMA as part of the Richard Avedon Film Series on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Screening information.

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