Introduced by Rick Lowe*
Duff Anderson (Ivan Dixon) tries to make ends meet in a small Alabama town, where he falls in love with a preacher’s daughter (Abbey Lincoln). When Anderson does not bend to his racist white employers, he is fired and labeled a troublemaker. Utilizing a style influenced by neorealism, this drama of life in the 1960s South anticipates the 1970s black independent films of Charles Burnett et al. Nothing But a Man was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1993.
“The great thing about this movie is the rising moral power of an individual who learns how to stand up and say no. It's a triumph not just for this black character, not just for black audiences, but for everyone.”
*Artist Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses. Over the past 20 years he has worked both inside and outside of art institutions, participating in exhibitions and developing community-based art projects nationally and internationally. He has exhibited at venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Neuberger Museum of Art in New York; Kwangji Bienale in Korea; Kumamoto State Museum in Japan; and the Venice Architecture Bienale. Community projects include Project Row Houses in Houston, Watts House Project in Los Angeles, Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida, and Anyang Public Art Program in Korea.