Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey is the first feature-length film to document the life and historic achievements of Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971).

Against a backdrop of US and world history that Bunche had a hand in shaping, the film tells the compelling personal story of the legendary African American scholar turned statesman and the contributions he made to international diplomacy, decolonization of the world, peacekeeping, and human rights in pre-civil rights America.



What the Critics are Saying

“A stunning film on the career of super diplomat Ralph Bunche is readily winning a place among the great screen biographies”
- Erik Barnouw, Historian of the Mass Media, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

“… Monumental. More than a biography of a great human being, it encapsulates the essence of a pivotal period in American history as the U.S. emerges as a great power struggling to come to terms with its own history in human rights.”
- William Sloan, Head, Circulating Film/Video Library, Museum of Modern Art

“Ralph Bunche’s historic life and extraordinary achievements are wonderfully documented in this film. I enthusiastically recommend it.”
- Henry Louise Gates, Chairman, Department of African American Studies, Harvard University

“A captivating portrait of a remarkable man who played a leading role in creating the world as we know it, but who remains obscure in the media.”
- Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival

“One of the rare cases where a documentary manages to combine really powerful material with an appealing and truly engrossing presentation.”
- David Sterritt, Film Critic, Christian Science Monitor, Chairman of The National Society of Film Critics




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