World War II Films:
Song of Freedom
World War II had started for the United States just at the time that Native Land [link] opened. A heart murmur kept Hurwitz out of the army. Fresh from having completed a masterwork, he expected to have an easy time finding work in the war effort. He did not. The phrase, “premature anti-fascist” was attached to his name in government files, meaning that his stand against the Mussolini and Franco dictatorships in the late 30’s, when most of America was isolationist, labeled him a leftist. Finally he was able to direct a few films to do his part. These, long-vanished documentaries are what he, and Strand as well, were able to get approved.
Committee of InterAmerican Affairs
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Script: Leo Hurwitz