“It’s just as important as going to see the doctor. The first question is always about history.”
WHY IS HISTORY IMPORTANT?
-Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke
Baltimore 100 Yearsis a documentary film series that explores the city’s unique past to reappraise its critical impact on twentieth-century American life. It is a quintessentially American story with the city of Baltimore cast in the lead role.
Perhaps no American city is more misunderstood than Baltimore, Maryland. It’s not quite northern, not quite southern. A small town overshadowed by its eminent neighbors. Home to a population with an odd dialect, arcane quirks, and a collective inferiority complex.
Baltimore's rich history is far too often obscured by a contemporary image of poverty, violence and urban decay. A reputation that belies its enduring contributions to American literature, science, civil rights and culture.
Baltimore 100 Years is both an analysis and a celebration of a unique history that few American cities can claim. The series offers more than nostalgia; it is a journey to better understand the ground upon which we stand, and initiate a conversation about where we might go from here.
THE POWER OF FILM
Films have the power to inspire, stimulate community engagement and change culture in meaningful ways. Baltimore 100 Yearsdocumentary film series is a community project driven to do just that and more. Our mission is to celebrate the city, inspire positive change and revive civic pride in a great American city.