I Am – The Library

I Am – The Library is an ethnographic video project, which documents the everyday ways a public library is used. Set in and around the Denver Central Library a few weeks before the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the film takes its title and finds its rhythm in Jackson’s 1971 speech, “I Am – Somebody,” a rallying call and response poem, which invites people to stake their political claim by simply declaring who or what they are, be their status small, flawed or tired. In making I Am – The Library, the filmmakers asked over two hundred residents of the city of Denver to do the same, then asked them to speak out for their public library.

Rocky Mountain PBS has a little more on the project, and a 2-minute trailer/clip. (thanks to the PBS.org Vote 2008 site for the link)