During the darkest hour of World War II, a team of idealistic filmmakers hoped the power of the movies could reshape the world. As Allied forces liberated Western Europe, their military campaign was accompanied by a vast propaganda effort that centered around 26 short documentaries about American life targeted at the newly liberated populations. PROJECTIONS OF AMERICA: MOVIES IN WARTIME is an engaging documentary that weaves interviews with filmmakers, audience members, and film critics with excerpts from a number of the “Projections of America” films. These theatrical shorts presented American stories of cowboys and oilmen, farmers and window washers, immigrants and school children – capturing both the optimism and the messiness of American democracy.
Airs on WXXI-World November 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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