Whitewash (1994 film)

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Directed by Michael Sporn
Produced by Michael Sporn
Starring Ruby Dee
Linda Lavin
Music by Caleb Sampson
Home Box Office
F-Stop Studio
Michael Sporn Animation
Distributed by First Run Features
Release date
August 16, 1994
Running time
25 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Whitewash is a 1994 television special and animated short film that was based on a true story.[1] The program was produced and directed by Michael Sporn with a screenplay by Ntozake Shange. Ruby Dee and Linda Lavin provide voices for the animated characters.


This family special, based on a true story, uses animation to tell the story of a little black girl's encounter with mindless racism. On their way home from school, Helene and her brother are attacked by a group of white thugs who beat him up and spray-paint her face white. Why would anyone do this? With her wise grandmother's help, Helene is able to get over her hurt.


  1. ^ Heffley, Lynne (June 25, 1998). "'Whitewash' Hits Racism Head-On in Moving Message of Hope, Unity". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 

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