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Gandy Dancers Documentary

This documentary highlights the deep vocal history of Black railroad workers on the South. The verbal traditions and cadences that coordinated and motivated these men to contribute to literally change the landscape of America.



Musical traditions and recollections of eight retired African-American railroad track laborers whose occupational folk songs were once heard on railroads that crisscross the South. They recount experiences in the segregated South, describe organized labor and occupational safety standards, and demonstrate railroad calls that survive today as expressions of religious faith, social protest and sexually explicit poetry. A film by Barry Dornfeld and folklorist Maggie Holtzberg.


Film by Barry Dornfeld, Maggie Holtzberg-Call
Produced by Barry Dornfeld, Maggie Holtzberg-Call
Cinematographer: Richard Chisolm. Additional cinematography: Allen Moore.
Sound: Jim Hawkins, Jeff Klein
Editing: Barry Dornfeld. Asst. editor: John Tyson.
Copyright: 1994, Barry Dornfeld and Maggie Holtzberg-Call
30 minutes, Color

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