RACE IS THE PLACE offers a new and compelling look at one of the most explosive issues in America today. This video performance documentary presents a bold, lyrical, and often poetical montage of performances by established artists and up-and-coming young talent from minority communities who use words—spoken, sung or chanted—to get their message across.

Each explores racism and its continued survival in this country, and each finds a new and innovative way to engage audiences and challenge them to think beyond our traditional conceptions, viewing race through the lens of creativity and performance to stimulate throught and debate.

Artists include Piri Thomas, Amiri Baraka, Mayda del Valle, Michael Franti, Faith Ringgold, Michael Ray Charles, Culture Clash, Beau Sia, Andy Bumatai and more...

Premiered nationally on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens in November 2005. For an expanded RACE IS THE PLACE Website, please visit

RACE IS THE PLACE is a co-production of Paradigm Productions Inc. and KERA TV Dallas-Ft.Worth in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the National Minority Consortia with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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