Monday, May 30, 2016

"It's Time to Fight the Canons That Be"

"These lists are important: They affect the types of movies that self-proclaimed cinephiles and casual viewers alike seek out and watch, and they help define our ideas about whose perspectives matter. The exclusion of blackness from these film canons shapes our expectations about what constitutes greatness in film. And it helps cement the expectation that whiteness is somehow as 'universal' in art as so many believe it to be in life."

Aisha Harris and Dan Kois present "The Black Film Canon" in Slate.

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