The Black Kungfu Experience

The Black Kungfu Experience

DVD - 2013 | Widescreen ed
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The Black Kungfu Experience traces the rise of black kungfu in the United States in the 60s and 70s. Chinese and African American experiences evolve differently yet converge; they challenge political and social persecution. The film focuses on how a group of African American pioneers became masters in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men. Their stories illustrate how kungfu still is a crucible of the black experience, which is less about flash, than it is about community.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : PBS, 2013
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781608839025
Branch Call Number: DVDN 796.8159 B5616B 2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Burr, Martha
Chen, Mei-Juin


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Oct 11, 2018

Through stills, archival footage, and recent interviews - "The Black Kung Fu Experience" is a documentary that looks at the 4 top black American martial artists in the USA who had starred in various Chinese "Kung Fu" movies during the late 1960s and into the early 1970s.

In this 60-minute presentation - Ron Van Clief, Dennis Brown, Don Hamby, and Tayari Casel not only reminisce about the good, old days when they were in top form as Kung Fu artists - But they also fondly reflect on the cross-cultural bridge that existed between the African-Americans and the Chinese, as well.


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