Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

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Brother Outsider relies on archival film footage and interviews to offer an incisive portrait of political activist Bayard Rustin. Although his name lacks the familiarity of other major Civil Rights leaders, the film shows that he nonetheless played a central role in the movement's seminal events during the 1950s and '60s. He traveled to Montgomery in 1956 during the bus boycotts where he advised Martin Luther King on non-violence, and served as the central organizer for the March on Washington in 1963. Rustin's ...
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Overview

Brother Outsider relies on archival film footage and interviews to offer an incisive portrait of political activist Bayard Rustin. Although his name lacks the familiarity of other major Civil Rights leaders, the film shows that he nonetheless played a central role in the movement's seminal events during the 1950s and '60s. He traveled to Montgomery in 1956 during the bus boycotts where he advised Martin Luther King on non-violence, and served as the central organizer for the March on Washington in 1963. Rustin's political liabilities, however, often kept him out of the spotlight. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and, for a short time, belonged to the Communist Party. More problematic, however, was Rustin's homosexuality. His political enemies used his sexual orientation to neutralize him, while his political allies often shunned him because of it. Rustin also advocated for nuclear non-proliferation, and traveled to the Algerian Sahara to protest the first French nuclear test in 1960. Brother Outsider includes ample footage of Rustin himself, adding an autobiographical aspect to this feisty portrait.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2010
  • UPC: 094922901767
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Question Why Films
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,800

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Nancy Kates Director, Co-producer, Producer
Bennet Singer Director, Co-producer, Producer
Wellington Jon Bowler Sound/Sound Designer
Mridu Chandra Co-producer
Rhonda Collins Editor
B. Quincy Griffin Score Composer
Caleb Moore Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Pollard Executive Producer
Heather Seldes Associate Producer
Veronica Selver Editor
Robert Shepard Cinematographer
Sekou Shepard Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Riveting and life-changing!

    This eye-opening film chronicles the life and work of Bayard Rustin. He has been overlooked by history but, as the film argues, deserves to be remembered for his visionary contributions to the civil rights movement and to American democracy. He was also openly gay at a time when that was extremely difficult, and the film sensitively shows precisely how this openness and honesty affected Rustin. I was particularly struck by the relevance and timeliness of this moving and memorable portrait.

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