A Place of Rage

A film by Pratibha Parmar

England | 1991 | 52 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99364


This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society. A stirring chapter in African American history, highlighted by music from Prince, Janet Jackson, the Neville Brothers and the Staple Singers.


"A complex image is created of the times, its ideas, emotions, victories and losses...the kind of analysis historical documentaries on African American life sorely need."

Collis Davis Afterimage

"**** Excellent."

Video Rating Guide for Libraries

“…the film makes a powerful case for the central place in African American women in creating a broadly imagined social justice movement - the kind of movement we need now, as desperately as ever.”

Lisa Duggan, Professor Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

“It’s one of the most teachable films I know….The Film captures in powerful and passionate ways the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class and ability in ways that few films do.

Sivagami Subbaraman, Director LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University


  • National Black Programming Consortium, Best Historical Documentary
  • San Francisco Lesbian and Gay FF
  • Jihlava Int'l Doc FF


Pratibha Parmar

Pratibha Parmar is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, video artist and professor. Awarded The Visionary Award from the One in Ten Film Festival and the Frameline Film Festival Life Time Achievement Award, Pratibha is Writer/Director/Producer of over 16 documentaries and her films are included in THE PLACE IS HERE (2017) retrospective on 1980's British Black Arts movement, which highlighted issues of race, gender and the politics of representation. Her film SARI RED is retained in the permanent collection at MOMA, NYC and Pompidou Center, Paris. She is the author and editor of several ground breaking books notably, "The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 1970s Britain," and editor and publisher at Sheba Feminist Press (1980's), the first UK publishers of Audre Lorde. Pratibha was Visiting Artist at Stanford University, Theatre & Performance Studies Department (2013) and is currently an Associate Professor in the film department at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. (07/19)


Shopping Cart