Strange Fruit

"Strange Fruit," a song first recorded by Billie Holliday in 1939, has become an enduring anthem of American civil rights.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
April 8, 2003
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2002 USA Film Festival -Grand Jury Award
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    2002 Denver Pan-African Film Festival -Audience Award, Best Documentary
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    2002 Crossroads Film Festival -Best Documentary Award
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    2002 Special Ewals Schorm Award for the Best Program Related to the Arts, Academia Film Olomouc, Czech Republic -International Jury Prize
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    2002 New Jersey International Film Festival-Grand Prize, Best Documentary Film/Video
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    2002 Big Muddy Film & Video Festival-Audience Award, Best Documentary
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    2003 National Foundation for Jewish Culture -Jewish Image Award for Cross Cultural Excellence
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    2004 American Library Association -Notable Video for Adults
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    Producer

    Joel Katz

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    The Film

    Radio stations banned it, but when Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" the whole world listened anyway. Sprung from the pen of a Bronx schoolteacher, the hit continues to mesmerize musicians and civil rights advocates alike with its chilling vision of a lynching. Strange Fruit shows how a little-known Jewish songwriter and an African American icon created a song that changed America.

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