Before Twitter and second-by-second updates through social media of commentary from professionals, amateurs and everyone in between, there was a cartoonist who could sum up what was happening in the world in less than 140 characters. “Herblock: The Black & the White” explores the powerful presence that Herbert Block had on Washington, journalism and society all through edgy commentary expressed through his political cartoons.
The documentary timelines Block’s most influential work (mainly while at The Washington Post) through the eyes and storytelling of some of the most highly-respected journalists and commentators in the media. The short list of American events includes the Vietnam War, Watergate, even President Clinton’s infamous sex scandal. It’s interesting to see how Block could cover the news so succinctly with a spot-on cartoon. He was awarded numerous honors including the Pulitzer Prize three times.
“Herblock: The Black & the White” is a reflection of the power of speech and creative expression and how it affects the culture of society. It portrays a man who didn’t play it safe, and wasn’t afraid to speak the truth or his opinion of the truth. The documentary will appeal mainly to history and political enthusiasts and those interested in the impact that his work made on the nation.
Final words: An hour and a half flashback through history via clever cartoons.