Jim Crow of the North

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Film Info
Program:We the People: Required Watching
Virtual Cinema
Minnesota Made
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Release Year:2019
Runtime:58 min
Print Source:Twin Cities PBS Original
Director:Daniel Pierce Bergin
Producer:Daniel Pierce Bergin
Cinematographer:Robert Hutchings
Editor:Carrie Clark


We the People: Required Watching will continue on August 16 and 17 with a FREE community screening and discussion around Jim Crow of the North, a TPT original documentary that explores why Minnesota has some of the worst racial disparities in the nation by tracking the history of the state’s racist, restrictive real estate covenants.

This series is generously supported by the George Family Foundation and KNOCK, Inc. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.

Screening: Watch the documentary for FREE on Sunday, August 16 by clicking the button: RESERVE TICKET on this page.

Conversation: Monday, August 17 at 7:00pm. Registration is FREE. MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice in conversation with Director Daniel Pierce Bergin; Brian Paulson, Senior Program Officer at the Pohlad Family Foundation; Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, lead researcher for Mapping Prejudice; Anthony R. Scott, President of Minnesota's Black Community Project; Dr. Chaunda L. Scott, Secretary of Minnesota's Black Community Project.


About the Film

Why does Minnesota suffer through some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? One answer is the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of restrictive covenants after the turn of the last century to their final elimination in the late 1960s.

Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created. A Twin Cities PBS Original.

Director Bio

Filmmaker and PBS producer/director Daniel Pierce Bergin created media that explores diversity, history, and community through restorative storytelling. As a producer for Twin Cities PBS, Bergin has won over a dozen regional Emmy awards with documentaries that offer new narratives on the region’s people, places, and past.

The filmmaker’s work has have screened at the American Film Institute, Walker Art Center, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival.

The University of Minnesota graduate has been an adjunct instructor, and lecturer. Bergin has served on the board of directors for several community media organizations, has been a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellow, a City Pages Artist of the Year, an Aspen Institute Ideas Festival Fellow, and was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship for his work in community media.