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Legat is a film about the radical and militant life of my Great Grandfather David Meginsky. It explores various aspects of his work inside of the early Civil Rights era as a white Jewish man, as well as understanding his role as a prominent member and eventual leader of The Fur and Leather Workers Union in the Lower East Side of New York City. The piece uses Davids own personal 8mm film footage and 35mm photographs that he took throughout his life (1940s-1990s).
This film serves as a autoethnographic piece that explores the complexities and intersections of familial flux, American histories of collective action and labor union organizing post World War Two, and ideas of legacy relating to personal and political forms of abolitionist work.
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Meginsky, Lena Terese, "Legat" (2022). Senior Projects Spring 2022. 334.
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