The Learning Tree

The Learning Tree

Directed by Gordon Parks • 1969 • United States
Starring Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans

The first film directed by an African American for a major American studio, THE LEARNING TREE is a personal triumph for director-producer-writer-composer Gordon Parks. Adapted from his own autobiographical novel, this deeply moving coming-of-age saga trace the journey of Newt Winger (Kyle Johnson), a young Black man growing up in small-town Kansas during the 1920s as he learns about love, fear, violent racial injustice, and, during an emotional murder trial, his own capacity for honor.

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The Learning Tree
  • The Learning Tree

    Directed by Gordon Parks • 1969 • United States
    Starring Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans

    The first film directed by an African American for a major American studio, THE LEARNING TREE is a personal triumph for director-producer-writer-composer Gordon Parks. Adapted from his own autobiogr...

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  • Introducing Black Westerns

    The following interview with film scholar Mia Mask was recorded in 2020. Viewer discretion advised: this video discusses racial trauma, slavery, and racial slurs.