Strange Fruit
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A gay African-American man returns to his small Louisiana hometown and finds himself forced to face old demons in this thought-provoking drama from director Kyle Schickner. When William (Kent Faulcon), a successful New York lawyer, hears that his boyhood friend has been lynched, he returns home to see the killers face justice. But he's shocked to find the blatant racism and homophobia he ran away from years ago still have a strong hold.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good, if unremarkable."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Polished, well-structured film."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"It's a talking head documentary, but a great one."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Though only 60 minutes long, the film is packed with information and impressions."
‑ Pam Grady,
"In his excellent documentary, also called Strange Fruit, filmmaker Joel Katz takes a fascinating look at the origins and impact of a ballad that's been called 'one of ten songs that changed the world.'"
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"An absorbing documentary."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
""Strange Fruit"...should be mandatory viewing by all students old enough to understand the meaning and importance of the haunting song."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Provocatively enlightens us on the fascinating origins and social convulsions created by the song Strange Fruit, and its profound connection to the progressive movements of the last century."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"This is a film well worth seeing, talking and singing heads and all."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Mining the song's associative richness, Katz's film works as jazz genealogy, Meerpol bio, Jewish-leftist puzzle piece, performance homage, and exegetic history of lynching."
‑ Laura Sinagra, Village Voice
"Katz uses archival footage, horrifying documents of lynchings, still photographs and charming old reel-to-reel recordings of Meeropol entertaining his children to create his song history, but most powerful of all is the song itself"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Katz's documentary doesn't have much panache, but with material this rich it doesn't need it."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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