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James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

August 23, 2013

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket recounts the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin: what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted, and gay in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” Using rarely seen archival footage from nine different countries, the film melds interviews and public speeches with cinéma vérité glimpses of Baldwin and original scenes from his funeral service in December 1987. His friends and colleagues, and critics illuminate the narrative, including Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron, and Bobby Short.

Originally broadcast August 1989, this encore broadcast airs 25 years after Baldwin’s death and 50 years after the historic March on Washington and publication of his best-selling essay The Fire Next Time.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket was produced by The New York Foundation for the Arts with support from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Time: 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Station: PBS' American Masters, check local listings

Website: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket