Cast & Crew
After Hiroshima, the United States Army, eager for new ways to weaponize atomic power, engaged in a series of classified open air studies designed to test the effects of aerosol radiation in a metropolitan setting. At first the tests were described as defensive, the latest strategy against the threat of Russian bombers. But as later declassified documents suggest, the goal of the testing, (performed primarily in low-income and African-American neighborhoods of North St. Louis), was to develop offensive capabilities which could match the climate and terrain of downtown Moscow. Consequently, generations of St. Louis inhabitants were unwitting participants in a government testing program, which like the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Project, was facilitated by the U.S. Department of Public Health. Target: St. Louis investigates the historical catalyst for these events, the survivor's quest for answers and the subsequent Federal legislation requiring informed consent by human subjects. The Target series aims to shed light on areas of structural inequality, specifically as it pertains to the African American experience. The reason for focusing on the African American experience exclusively, to "Target" these individual cities and events, is to clarify and contrast the inherent differences between what is held as the collective American immigrant perception of history with African American history, an inescapably alternative perspective on our nation as a whole that fundamentally questions the veracity of American exceptionalism.