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Strange Fruit (2002)

57 min | Documentary

In 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school teacher Abel Meeropol wrote a poem entitled "Strange Fruit" that begins with the words: "Southern trees bear a strange fruit / Blood ...See moreIn 1937, after seeing a photo depicting the lynching of a black man in the south, Bronx-born high school teacher Abel Meeropol wrote a poem entitled "Strange Fruit" that begins with the words: "Southern trees bear a strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root." He set the poem to music and a few years later convinced Billie Holiday to record it in a legendary heartbreaking performance. Intertwining jazz genealogy, biography, performance footage, and the history of lynching, director Joel Katz fashions a fascinating discovery of the lost story behind a true American classic. Written by Excerpted from Coolidge Corner Theatre Program Update See less
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May 2002 (United States)
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Dorothy Thigpen
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Milton Gabler
Self - Commodore Records (as Milt Gabler) Self - Commodore Records (as Milt Gabler)   See fewer
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Farah Jasmine Griffin
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C.T. Vivian
Self - reverend and veteran civil rights activist Self - reverend and veteran civil rights activist   See fewer
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E.M. 'Woody' Beck
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Abbey Lincoln
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Michael Denning
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Amina Baraka
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Amiri Baraka
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Bernie Kassoy
Self - retired teacher and visual artist Self - retired teacher and visual artist   See fewer
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Henry Foner
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Honey Kassoy
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Michael Meeropol
Self - adopted son of Abel Meeropol Self - adopted son of Abel Meeropol   See fewer
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Robert Meeropol
Self - adopted son of Abel Meeropol (as Robby Meeropol) Self - adopted son of Abel Meeropol (as Robby Meeropol)   See fewer
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Jeffrey Melnick
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Don Byron
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Josh White
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Rich Rusk
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Robert Howard
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Ethel Rosenberg
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Julius Rosenberg
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Emanuel Bloch
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Lewis Allen
Self (voice) (archive footage) (as Abel Meeropol) Self (voice) (archive footage) (as Abel Meeropol)   See fewer
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Abel Meeropol
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Billie Holiday
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Hazel Carby
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Ray Pultinas
Self - English teacher, DeWitt Clinton High School Self - English teacher, DeWitt Clinton High School   See fewer
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Cassandra Wilson
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7.3 / 10 | 95 votes