Facing the Façade

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1994 (Creation date: 1994)
Main contributor
Harkness, Jerald B.
This provocative documentary examines the experience of black students on predominantly white college campuses and how they cope with feelings of alienation, frustration, and discrimination. Colleges throughout the U.S. today are facing increasing racial unrest among their student populations and an alarming increase in racist incidents. Facing the Facade interviews eight young black men and women enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington. Although these students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, they all speak frankly--out of a sense of disappointment, sometimes bitterly, but often with a sense of humor--about their 'minority' status on campus, the persistence of racist attitudes among fellow students and even some instructors, as well as other controversial issues such as racial separatism, integration, black studies programs, sexism, and even prejudices within their own community based on language, behavior, hair and dress styles. The comments of these passionate and articulate young people are sure to stimulate wider discussion among both white and black students that will hopefully lead to a greater level of racial awareness and sensitivity on our campuses.
Documentary films.; Filmed interviews.
Racism in education.; Discrimination in higher education.
Time period
University; Indiana; Bloomington
Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Archives (BFC/A)
Black Film Center/Archive
Physical Description
1 videocassette : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Related Item
Collection finding aid 
Other Identifiers
Other: GR00378729; Other: COL 5 VH 306; MDPI Barcode: 40000002750752