This February we celebrate three landmarks of cinema history by Black directors who offer important perspectives on the African-American experience.
February 15 : Within Our Gates
Lost for decades, this silent film stands as the oldest surviving work by an African-American filmmaker. The prolific Micheaux, directing a largely Black cast, offers an unflinching portrayal of race relations in post- WWI America via the tale of a heartbroken woman's attempt to save a poor school in the Deep South
February 19 : Boyz N The Hood
Coming of age is no easy task, especially in South Central L.A. This tale of boyz and men trying to do the right thing remains as wrenching and relevant as it was 20 years ago, thanks to the effortless camaraderie among its cast and the vitality imbued by Singleton - the first Black director nominated for an Oscar (and still the youngest nominee overall).
February 28 : 12 Years A Slave
Ejiofor's exceptional performance as a free man abducted and sold into slavery anchors this painfully complex portrait of antebellum America. While refusing to shy from the brutalities the subject demands, McQueen lends multiple dimensions to all his characters - from the tenderly vulnerable to the uncompromisingly demonic
Shout outs to Natalie Hunter and the AfAm Majors Committee for helping organize this!