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The Broken Earth

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The subject meets Wikipedia's film criteria 1 and 3. It also qualifies for having been screened more than 50 hears after it was made. Frankly, the idea that a surviving film of this era with notable participants isn't worth including is outrageous. FloridaArmy (talk) 12:35, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

Not to be confused with the series by N. K. Jemisin

The Broken Earth is a 1939 American film written and directed by Roman Freulich. The 11-minite short film stars Clarence Muse as a sharecropper and widower who plows his farm and tries to care for a sick son, pleading and praying for divine intervention.[1] The film includes a soundtrack of negro spirituals.

Freulich was a photographer who immigrated from Poland. He shot movie stills and glamous shots.

Freulich shoots the film with dramatic angels.[2] The film is extant.[3]

Muse owned a ranch that was used as a filmmaking location.[4]

The Southern Methodist University Libraries have the film in their collection[5] The film was screened in 2007 and discussed by Morgan State University professor Thomas Cripps.[3]


  1. "Black Cast Films | UC Berkeley Library". www.lib.berkeley.edu.
  2. "MoMA Commemorates the Great Migration in Film :: IRAAA". iraaa.museum.hamptonu.edu.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kaltenbach, Chris. "Drumming up interest in 'Zebra Kids'". baltimoresun.com.
  4. http://www.alternativeprojections.com/assets/Article-PDFs/Donna-Mungen-The-Black-Experience.pdf
  5. "Film Titles and Descriptions - SMU". www.smu.edu.

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