The University of Maine at Augusta and the Maine Historical Society present a screening of Lost Boundaries (1949, Alfred Werker, director) followed by a facilitated discussion with University of Southern Maine Professor Dr. Ardis Cameron.
Taking place Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., this Zoom event is free and open to the public, however registration is required.
The film is based on the William Lindsay White's book of the same name and narrates the experiences of a black doctor who passes for white to work in a New England hospital. Based on the real story of a black family in early 20th century New England, Lost Boundaries was filmed in Kittery and York, as well as parts of New Hampshire, and released in 1949.
Historically, this film is part of the movement that spawned socially conscious films in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s, but few such films directly addressed racism in New England, according to UMA, in a news release.
“This film provides an opportunity to consider the larger context of racial politics in mid-century Maine and the significance of setting a story of racial ‘passing’ in New England,” said UMA.
This event is part of University of Maine at Augusta’s bicentennial events exploring the artists, writers, and innovators who shaped and chronicled Maine’s mid-century cultural evolution. Maine’s Mid-Century Moment has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.