Madeline Anderson's thirty-minute documentary I Am Somebody (1969) is about an African American female hospital workers’ strike in Charleston, South Carolina. Anderson shot the film on 16mm and showed it to striking workers in nontheatrical settings after its completion. Its production, exhibition, and reception history suggests some of the complexities at play when considering the categorization of nontheatrical material. According to Anderson, “In the criticisms and analyses of the film by some white feminists during the 1970s, I Am Somebody was not regarded as a feminist film. To me, the importance of the film was not its classification, however; it is a film made by a black woman for and about...

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