Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood (1997)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Film & Television History, Media Studies, Race & Ethnicity, Social History  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith

Though almost all actors and directors must struggle to find gainful employment in their profession, this challenge continues to be an even greatest one for many African-American actors. Fortunately, some advances have been made. This film seeks to document the types of discrimination and unique challenges these actors have had to overcome, as well as recent triumphs. Actor Louis Gossett, Jr., hosts this program that uses both older black-and-white film clips, along with color ones, to review the absence and presence of African-Americans in Hollywood productions over the years. As many viewers know, minority actors continue to be hired more often for lesser comedy roles than positive dramatic ones. However, the film remains upbeat as it praises the talented African-Americans who continue to be trailblazers for many others.



actor, discrimination, film, Hollywood, minority