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Race Against Prime Time
60 minutes
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Race Against Prime Time

An award winning documentary about TV news and racial conflict in Miami.

In 1980, Arthur McDuffie, an African American community worker was brutally kicked, beaten and clubbed to death by Miami police. His murder mobilized protests in two black neighborhoods troubled by economic underdevelopment, high unemployment and incidents of police brutality. After the police officers were acquitted of all charges in the killing, the enraged community erupted as the entire nation watched via television. This documentary provides a critical analysis of the role played by television journalism in perpetuating racism through the news selection process.
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"… a landmark in the study of news coverage of racial issues." - William J. Sloan, Museum of Modern Art
"…the most probing look at news coverage I have ever seen on videotape. It is lively, careful and professional in the best sense." - Todd Gitlin, University of California, Berkeley
"…an admiral piece of work. It gets down to particulars." - John Corry, The New York Times
"Illuminating… makes the lessons of that experience, for the news media and others, a little harder to forget." - Gloria Cooper, Columbia Journalism Review
"…an extremely useful introduction to the practical, ethical, and political aspects of journalism, particularly television news." - William Boddy, New York University
"Highly teleliterate. A persuasive indictment of American media stereotypes." - Jim Hoberman, Village Voice
"…a polemic which thinks before kicking." - Sunday Times, London

• Red Riboon Winner, American Film Festival
• WNET Channel 13, New York
• Channel Four, England

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TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Color Congress, MOSAIC, New York Community Trust, Peace Development Fund, Ford Foundation, Golden Globe Foundation, Kolibri Foundation and individual donors.