Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask

Directed by Frederick Lewis

Documentary on the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer. Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), is best remembered for his poem, “We Wear the Mask” and for lines from “Sympathy” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s famous autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

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Art, Resistance and Activism Program

ADIFF’s Art, Resistance and Activism program presents a selection of 18 films celebrating art – including poetry, music, dance, painting, filmmaking, and sculpting – as a force for social change.