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The Middle Years examines the history of independently produced Black movies and the establishment of a Black film era. "The Middle Years," picks up during the Depression years as independent filmmakers struggle for survival. The exclusion of Blacks from the motion picture industry and the negative projection of Black life led to the creation of a new cinematic art form: Black-cast movies. Dr. Henry Sampson, author of Blacks in Black And White: A Source Book On Black Films, explains the resurgence of Black independent films in 1937. (TBJ 619)