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The Black Cinema Experience in Tyler

On a summer day in 1983, a treasure trove of dusty film canisters was discovered in a warehouse in Tyler, Texas. On the verge of throwing them out, the warehouse manager hesitated and called G. William Jones, then the director of the Southwest Film/Video Archives at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. To Jones’ amazement, 22 of these canisters were race films, specifically made for all-black audiences. Over 20 years later, these films are now available in digital format for all to see.

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