Jacob Holdt never wanted
to return to Europe with the show, but after the end of
the cold war - and confronted with the sudden explosion
of blatant racism, ethnicism, anti-Semitism and
anti-Muslim feelings now in Europe - he decided in 1994
to make a new international edition.
New international edition
It now deals with the deeper root causes of the oppressions which exist
in all societies. He still uses the pictures from the American
black/white oppression as illustration since many of the basic
ingredients of all oppressions are here so easily visible.
25 years of oppression
One fourth of the photos are now from the 1990's in order to reflect the
worsening racial relationship. Since Jacob Holdt has continually
re-visited his old friends one of the most moving and disheartening
aspects of the new show consist of following the same families from the
years of hope to the years of despair. Many are seen first as children
and later in the show as adults - and frightfully often later as dead!
No other documentary has so forcefully dealt with oppression over a
period of a quarter of a century!
A valuable tool for racial change
Instead of having his own organization present the show in various
countries, Jacob Holdt now offers it to concerned government and NGO
organizations involved in the struggle against racism and ethnicism.
The Norwegian government's Immigrant department is already successfully
using the show in the Norwegian school system. The show is also
presently being translated into German in the hope that German
organizations will be interested.
Future plans include making it available as videos and interactive
Any qualified help and financial support will be appreciated!
With deeper patterns of oppression seemingly exploding all over the
world these years Jacob Holdt hopes that the show can make a small