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Moments Without Proper Names
Directed by Gordon Parks • 1987 • United States
Gordon Parks turns his camera on his own life and art in this gorgeous, elegiac essay film, in which he interweaves his photography, music, and poetry into a lyrical self-portrait of a modern-day Renaissance man. Recounting his life’s journey—from a rural Kansas childhood to his experiences documenting the lives of Black Americans before and during the civil rights movement as an acclaimed photojournalist—MOMENTS WITHOUT PROPER NAMES is a career-capping personal statement that shows Parks’s sensitivity and artistry in full bloom.