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Season 5, Episode 15 A Place of Our Own

First Aired: February 17, 2004

“A Place of Our Own,” filmmaker Stanley Nelson's reflections on life for well-to-do blacks---including his own family---on the vacation retreat Martha's Vineyard. Nelson recalls his childhood summers (in clips and interviews) with nostalgia and pride. The Vineyard town Oak Bluffs was a place where “you could let your guard down,” as one vacationer puts it. But Nelson's father (who's interviewed througout the hour) never could: The racism he endured as a child scarred him for life and tore apart his family.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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