As I Remember It

A Portrait of Dorothy West

A film by Salem Mekuria

1991 | 56 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99233


This intimate portrait of writer Dorothy West explores the forgotten role of women in the Harlem Renaissance. From the perspective of her 83 years, the still active writer relates her memories of growing up African American, privileged and enthralled by literature. Archival footage and photographs, interviews and excerpts from her autobiographical novel, THE LIVING IS EASY, capture West's fascinating story.


"Captures West's exciting, vigorous nature. A refreshing perspective on the Harlem Renaissance."

Elizabeth Hadley Freydberg Northeastern University


Salem Mekuria

Independent producer, writer, and director Salem Mekuria was born in Ethiopia but is currently based in Boston, where she is the Luella LaMer Professor of Women's Studies in the Art Department at Wellesley College. Mekuria worked for many years with NOVA and with numerous international film productions focusing on issues of African Ethopian women and development. Her most recent films include "Square Stories," which captures fragments of Ethiopia's past history and present and "IMAGinING TOBIA," which is explores Ethiopia’s cultural and physical landscapes. Her film "YE WONZ MAIBEL (DELUGE)" (1997) garnered first place in NBPC's Prized Pieces and at the Black Maria Film & Video Festival, and has screened internationally. "FORCED EXILE" (1991) received the Silver Apple in the National Educational Film & Video Festival, Honorable Mention, 7th Annual Atlanta Film & Video Festival, First Place in the National Black Programming Consortium's Prized Pieces, and Outstanding Independent Film in the New England Film & Video Festival. "AS I REMEMBER IT: A PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY WEST" (1991) and "OUR PLACE IN THE SUN" (1988) also garnered various awards and recognition, including an Emmy nomination for the latter. Both were broadcast on WGBH Public Television in Boston. (7/12)

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