Critical Writing Index

Documentaries show city dangers for blacks and Indians: The Arts: Television

by John Allemang

The Globe and Mail, Aug. 14, 1997

Allemang introduces two documentaries premiered on television, the six-part series Rainmakers (Hart and Côté) about the African American urban experience, and Urban Elder (Robert S. Adams for the NFB) about the Native Canadian urban experience. Allemang makes some interesting points about the differences between these two marginalized groups, and the issues of 'homeland'. "The different responses to life's unfairness are shown with great clarity in two gentle Canadian documentaries enlivening August's dead-time."

ITEM 1997.097 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

RainmakersRobbie Hart and Luc Côté

Urban ElderRobert S. Adams