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Two Black Churches

Film by Bill Ferris
Produced by William Ferris
Cinematographer: Dale Lindquist
Sound: Robert Slattery
Editing: Robert Slattery
Copyright: 1975, William Ferris
19 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1975
Distributor: Patricia Sawin
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TWO BLACK CHURCHES" is based on fieldwork Bill Ferris conducted at a church in Vicksburg, Miss. and at a church in New Haven, Conn. Footage includes a full immersion baptism, congregation members and preachers at both churches discussing their call to the faith, and scenes from worship services at both churches. The film contrasts the two approaches to worship at each church.

Featuring Reverend Isaac Thomas, Amanda Gordon, Mary Gordon, and the McGowan Family Singers (Rose Hill Church, Vicksburg); and Bishop A. Coward, Willie Ransome, Mae Gibson Brown, and Gloria Kuror (St. James Church, New Haven).


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