A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown

Produced by: 
Louis Massiah

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD​ | $179.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD​ | $79.00


Film Summary:

The history of activism, particularly youth activism, in Philadelphia has roots that are long and deep -- from struggles against slavery to contemporary struggles against racism, criminalization of youth and around educational issues. A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown looks at the growing community of youth activists that has developed in this area, how they have built upon the strategies of other progressive campaigns including the Civil Rights and labor movements, and the ongoing struggles around HIV/AIDS policy.


Filmmaker Bio:

Louis Massiah is the founder and executive director of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts organization that provides low-cost workshops and equipment access to emerging video and filmmakers and community organizations. He is an independent filmmaker who has produced and directed a variety of award-winning documentary films for public television.

Known for his explorations of civil rights themes and crises in the African-American community, his credits include two films in the Eyes on the Prize II series and The Bombing of Osage Avenue, about the burning of a black section of Philadephia as a result of the police bombing of the headquarters of the group MOVE. He is also the director of W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices. Massiah has received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Black Programming Consortium, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and several Emmy award nominations. In 1996, he was a recipient of a five year John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship. His current project, Haytian Stories, examines the complex relationship between the United States and Haiti over the last 200 years.



September 26, 2002 | Brief mention in Philadelphia City Paper's Screen Picks column


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

July 30, 2002 | Philadelphia Stories 2, WYBE-TV 35 (Philadelphia, PA)

October 1, 2002 | Issues in Black Independent Cinema: The Documentary, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

January 26, 2003 | Algonquin Indiefest (Lambertville, NJ)

April 10, 2003 | Saint Joseph's University, Campion Center, "The Role of Filmmakers on Telling Community Stories" (Philadelphia, PA)