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Odie Henderson

Odie Henderson is a film critic for and a member of the National Society of Film Critics. He has contributed essays to such publications as Slate, Vulture, the Village Voice, and Slant Magazine, and has appeared on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. He also programmed an African American film sidebar at the Off Plus Camera film festival in Krakow, Poland.

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The Learning Tree: Personal History

The first major Hollywood movie directed by an African American, Gordon Parks’s debut feature imbues a coming-of-age story with the visual sensibility he had developed in his celebrated career as a photographer.

By Odie Henderson