Shall Not Perish from the Earth

In 1619 the first slaves arrived in North American. From then until now, white Americans and the enslaved (and their descendents) have struggled to define the experience as a mutual history. This documentary of just less than 30 minutes was created as a means to generate honest dialogue on the subject among high school students in the Unitied States. The title, drawn from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, rightly suggests that the centerpiece of the film is the struggle of black Americans to be truly free before, during and after the Civil War. Containing over 470 authentic images and photos, Shall Not Perish from the Earth presents a dramatic and compelling look into the heart and soul of the country fromthe broadest possible perspective of racism and the fight against it. It is meant to be brief. It was created to startle with the truth. It is intended to stir the conscience through imagery and words.

  • Maxwell Neimeyer Lewis
  • Donald Holmes Lewis
  • Maxwell Neimeyer Lewis
  • Donald Holmes Lewis
  • Donald H Lewis
    Key Cast
  • Maxwell Neimeyer Lewis
  • Maxwell Neimeyer Lewis
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Historical, Documentary, Civil Rights
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,900 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Helsinki Education Film Festival International (HEFFI)
    November 20, 2022
    European Premiere
    Best Historical Film
  • Independent Short Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 20, 2022
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Maxwell Neimeyer Lewis

Maxwell Lewis is an audio engineer, instrumentalist and multimedia artist. He has worked as a recording artist and music producer for almost twenty years, and has a Masters degree in the Recording Arts from the University of Colorado.

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