The Black Experience On Film: New programme depicts representation of African Americans throughout cinematic history

The event, which begins on 4 September, is scheduled to screen 32 films with represent African Americans on screen.

FP Staff August 25, 2018 17:38:42 IST
The Black Experience On Film: New programme depicts representation of African Americans throughout cinematic history

The African American Film Critics Association and TCM have collaborated for a month long programme titled The Black Experience on Film, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The event is scheduled to screen 32 films which deals with depictions of African Americans throughout cinematic history. It begins on 4 September and airs every Tuesday and Thursday in primetime slots.

The Black Experience On Film New programme depicts representation of African Americans throughout cinematic history

The poster for the event. Image from Facebook

The president of AAFCA mentioned that such an opportunity was a matter of honour as it gives an opportunity for "impactful programming". Emphasising the fact that several African American narratives often go unheard, and more dangerously untold, the president mentioned that this historical trend has been a "long and arduous journey."

“Since the earliest beginnings of the art form, African Americans have had a presence in cinema. That is the point we hope these 32 films will drive home. Our intent is that audiences be engaged, entertained and enlightened by the sheer diversity and breadth of this substantial arc of film programming,” he added.

The event will include special episodes like Hollywood Confronts Racism which includes discussions with film critic Shawn Edwards and HipHollywood.com’s Jasmine Simpkins. They explore the narratives of films including 1961’s A Raisin in the Sun and 1984’s A Soldier's Story to talk about the issue.

The complete list of programmes is available here.

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