A Place of Our Own

Each summer, affluent African Americans return to an upper middle class resort community that has historically provided an oasis for black professionals.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 17, 2004
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2005 American Library Association -Notable Film for Adults
  • Nelson stanley filmmaker bio

    Stanley Nelson

    Stanley Nelson, a 2002 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, is executive producer of Firelight Films and director of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. His most recent film, Freedom Riders, is the winner of three Primetime Emmy Awards. Over the last ten years, Nelson has garnered multiple industry awards for his films: Jesse Owens, Freedom Riders, Wounded Knee, A Place of Our Own, Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind, The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, and The Murder of Emmett Till. During this period, he also produced and directed Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice and Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Several of his films have shown at the Sundance Film Festival. He currently is also in production on another film, Freedom Summer, which explores a key movement during the civil rights era — the1964 Freedom Summer campaign.

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    The Film

    A Place Of Our Own explores the rarely seen world of the black middle class and the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, where African Americans have vacationed for generations. Through intimate stories of African Americans in Oak Bluffs, Director Stanley Nelson discovers a renewed appreciation for the place his father established as a summer home for the Nelson family for generations to come.