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Directed by Karen Thorsen

United States 1989 87 mins. In English

An emotionally stirring journey through famed writer and intellectual James Baldwin’s life, The Price of the Ticket compiles rare archival footage of Baldwin’s numerous public appearances to lay bare not only his personal history, but his views on race and racism in the America of his youth and adulthood. Interwoven with candid interviews and testimonials from luminaries like Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, Baldwin’s endlessly compelling arguments about the roots and contemporary symptoms of racism remain as vital today as they were 50 years ago, a fact shines through this well-made, award-winning, and deeply felt documentary.



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