Taylor, Clyde. 1983. “New U.S. Black Cinema” in Jump Cut, no. 28, 46-48

Zoe Du Bois
Friday 15 April 2022

The L.A. Rebellion was a group of black UCLA film students from the 1960-80s who focused on creating a black cinema to combat the racist stereotypes portrayed in classic Hollywood. This was a period in American history with a lot of racial injustices and a lack of peace for human rights. It is important that these periods are also considered when talking about peace, as peace should not be limited to just a legal definition, but also understood in the context of social justice and human rights. Methods such as filming on the street and the use of non-coloured cameras reflected the filmmakers’ divergence from Hollywood to free itself from that “mental colonisation”. Taylor also focuses on the important aspect of community and grassroots connections in both filming and dispersing these films. Writings such as these, while not explicitly mentioning peace, are important when discussing peace as it documents the ways communities actively worked towards the “peace” of social rights and education, without aid from a higher institution.

Link: https://ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC28folder/NewBlackCinema.html

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