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The story of a Black girl's first exposure to racism. Young Nell really looks forward to the weekly visits from Helen, a family friend. Helen is "in service" in a big house, which Nell imagines must be wonderful. After all, doesn't Helen live in a big house? And doesn't she often bring beautiful clothes for Nell's family? When Nell visits Helen, she comes to understand what "in service" really means. She also comes to understand herself a little better.

1993, 24 min 05 s