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Documentary Educational Resources (Watertown, MA 02472-1640)
Kenny Kilfara (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Canada Lee, Native Son

Development of a feature length documentary examining the life of influential actor, athlete, musician, and civil rights activist Canada Lee (1907–52).

Canada Lee, Native Son tells the inspiring story of one of the 20th century’s greatest yet forgotten heroes. Canada was a pioneering African American athlete, musician, actor, producer and activist who poured his talent into fighting for racial and economic equality. His uncompromising stance prompted the U.S. Government to label him a Communist, destroying his reputation and career. Broken-hearted and impoverished, Lee died at the age of 45 from kidney disease.

Project fields:
African American History; Political History; Theater History and Criticism

Media Projects Development

Public Programs

$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 12/31/2022