Monday, June 6

The Black Film Canon - The 50 greatest movies by black directors.

Shaft, 1971
"#OscarsSoWhite wasn’t — isn’t — only about a stuffy institution failing to recognize work by people of color. Pushing the industry to allow black filmmakers and actors to tell more substantial stories through high-profile work is a crucial step toward remedying the systematic issues at the heart of this controversy. But it’s not the only step. To change Hollywood, it’s important not only to look forward but to look back. ... It’s time to fight the canons that be. Slate asked more than 20 prominent filmmakers, critics, and scholars — including Ava DuVernay, Robert Townsend, Charles Burnett, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Wesley Morris, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. — for their favorite movies by filmmakers of color and used their picks to shape our list of the 50 greatest films by black directors. ..."
Slate (Video)
The Black Film Canon: Slate picks 50 of the greatest films by black directors (Video)