26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A Dream is What You Wake Up From

A Dream is What You Wake Up From

director: Carolyn Johnson, Larry Bullard
original title: A Dream is What You Wake Up From
country: United States
year: 1978
running time: 50 min.


Describing the daily lives of three Black American families in the late 1970s, the film A Dream is What You Wake Up From, which we would now refer to as a docudrama, combines documentary footage with staged scenes. It develops on a wide range of historical, political, and social contexts that determine the relational dynamics inside and outside basic social units, all in confrontation with a world determined by the values, stereotypes, and ideals of a white majority. It is not only race that defines the protagonists of the film, but also the social roles and economic standards that they adopt.


Carolyn Y. Johnson and Larry Bullard are Black America filmmakers who, along with a group of other prominent minority figures in the early 1970s, made a significant contribution to the ethnic diversification of Third World Newsreel, which focuses on social inequalities and related phenomena.

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director: Carolyn Johnson, Larry Bullard
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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