The US Exhibition and Reception of Julien Bryan’s Documentaries for International Understanding, 1947-1985

I am currently researching the distribution, exhibition and reception of the educational documentaries of Julien Bryan (1899-1974) both in and outside the traditional US classroom. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s Bryan produced and directed a large number of films on peoples around the world for the US Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CI-AA) and for his own International Film Foundation (IFF). Enjoying wide distribution to classrooms, civic and religious organizations and libraries in the later part of the 20th century, Bryan’s films participated in an American post-World War II cultural formation in which screening and discussing educational film became a key vehicle in the forging of new internationalist identities.

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