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A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (2021)



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Best known for his iconic portraits of everyday Black Americans in all their pain, ordinariness and glory, photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks shot everything from fashion to Malcolm X, Gloria Vanderbilt and Muhammed Ali. Long time photographer and first African American on the staff of Life magazine, Parks captured the deep humanity of anyone fortunate enough to be in front of his lens. Through his striking images, Parks disrupted conventional ideas of who was an American and, using his camera as a weapon, fought for social justice in the US and abroad, eventually evolving into a novelist and a Hollywood film director.


Critic Reviews for A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks

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As Parks once said, "I consider this my world," and we're all still living in it.

November 16, 2021 | Full Review…

A welcomed effort, the film doesn't fully commit, resulting in a rather uninspired portrait of one of America's greatest artistic trailblazers.

November 15, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

[A Choice of Weapons is] deeply moving in how it illustrates the ways in which a single life can have an eternal ripple effect throughout the generations.

November 15, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

While there are times when A Choice of Weapons seems at odds with itself, it also accentuates the challenge of telling the story of a figure through your eyes and admiration for him rather than their own words.

July 2, 2021 | Full Review…

John Maggio's documentary is workmanlike in presentation but scintillating in its content.

July 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With his fascinating documentary "A Choice of Weapons: Inspired By Gordon Parks," Maggio wonderfully lays out the importance of Parks' work in changing hearts and minds, and cultures

June 22, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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