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A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks

John Maggio, USA 2021, 83’
International premiere
Enemies of the State

Gordon Parks never liked to hear about "the white man's world" and his amazing photos, published in „Life” magazine, he proved it was also his world. The world of charwoman Ella Watson, whom he photographed holding a broom with the American flag in the background, the lynched Emmett Till, Joanne Thornton Wilson standing in 1956 in front of the „colored entrance,” and detective Shaft, whom he introduced to delighted viewers in his most famous film. With respect to the elegance with which he portrayed evil, in John Maggio's film, his successors - and famous fans such as director Ava DuVernay and basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - wonder how he would document modern protests, while Malcolm X „looks” in the face of police shooting victim Breonna Taylor. Parks showed that the camera (and then the film camera), could prove to be extremely powerful weapons, or even, as Spike Lee puts it, a „fucking bazooka.” 

Marta Bałaga

John Maggio

John Maggio is an American documentary director and producer. He made, among others, Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis and The Perfect Weapon, based on the best-selling book by David E. Sanger. His latest work, A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks, dedicated to the legendary „Life” magazine photographer and director of Shaft, which includes interviews with Spike Lee and Ava DuVernay, was shown at the Tribeca Festival. He is currently working on a documentary, Milano, about Italian fashion. 


2009 Looking for Lincoln (TV movie)

2012 Billy the Kid (TV movie doc.)

2018 Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis (doc.)

2020 Idealna broń / The Perfect Weapon (doc.)

2021 Wybór broni. Zainspirowani przez Gordona Parksa / A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director John Maggio
screenplay John Maggio
cinematography Joe Arcidiacono, Clair Popkin
editing Richard Lowe
music Gary Lionelli
cast Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, Moises Arias, Colleen Hartnett
producer Monica Berra, Matthew O. Henderson, Teddy Kunhardt, Richard Lowe, John Maggio
production HBO Documentary Films
language English
coloration colour
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