Nothing but a Man
Edition no. 1209
Michael Roemer’s groundbreaking first feature, sensitively shot by his close collaborator Robert M. Young, is a still-resonant expression of humanity in the face of virulent prejudice. Made at the height of the civil rights movement, Nothing but a Man reveals the toll of systemic racism through its honest portrait of a southern Black railroad worker (Ivan Dixon) confronting the daily challenges of discrimination and economic precarity, as he attempts to settle down with his new wife (jazz great Abbey Lincoln) and track down his father (Julius Harris). Admired by Malcolm X and now recognized as a landmark of American cinema, this tender film grounds its social critique in characters of unforgettable complexity and truth.
- An Introduction to Michael Roemer, a new interview program featuring Roemer
- Conversation from 2004 between Michael Roemer and coproducer and cinematographer Robert M. Young
- Program featuring archival interviews with actors Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, and Julius Harris
- An essay by critic Gene Seymour