Struggles for Representation: African American Documentary Film and Video

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Phyllis Rauch Klotman, Janet K. Cutler, Indiana University Press
Indiana University Press, 1999 - 483 oldal

Struggles for Representation examines over 300 non-fiction films by more than 150 African American film/videomakers and includes an extensive filmography, bibliography, and excerpts from interviews with film/videomakers. In eleven original essays, contributors explore the extraordinary scope of these aesthetic and social documents and chart a previously undiscovered territory: documentaries that examine the aesthetic, economic, historical, political, and social forces that shape the lives of black Americans, as seen from their perspectives.

Until now, scholars and critics have concentrated on black fiction film and on mainstream non-fiction films, neglecting the groundbreaking body of black non-fiction productions that offer privileged views of American life. Yet, these rich and varied works in film, video, and new electronic media, convey vast stores of knowledge and experience. Although most documentary cannot hope to match fiction film’s mass appeal, it is unrivaled in its ability to portray searing, indelible impressions of black life, including concrete views of significant events and moving portraits of charismatic individuals. Documentary footage brings audiences the moments when civil rights protestors were attacked by state troopers; it provides the sights and sounds of Malcom X delivering an electrifying speech, Betty Carter performing a heart-wrenching song, and Langston Hughes strolling on a beach.

Uniting all of this work is the "struggle for representation" that characterizes each film–an urgent desire to convey black life in ways that counter the uninformed and often distorted representations of mass media film and television productions. African American documentaries have long been associated with struggles for social and political empowerment; for many film/videomakers, documentary is a compelling mode with which to present an alternative, more authentic narrative of black experiences and an effective critique of mainstream discourse. Thus, many socially and politically committed film/videomakers view documentary as a tool with which to interrogate and reinvent history; their works fill gaps, correct errors, and expose distortions in order to provide counter-narratives of African American experience.

Contributors include Paul Arthur, Houston A. Baker, Jr., Mark F. Baker, Pearl Bowser, Janet K. Cutler Manthia Diawara, Elizabeth Amelia Hadley, Phyllis R. Klotman, Tommy Lee Lott, Erika Muhammad, Valerie Smith, and Clyde Taylor.

 

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Tartalomjegyzék

Pioneers of Black Documentary Film
1
African Americans
34
Black Journal 19681970
71
Reclaiming Black Images Culture
99
Heroes Rebels and Thinkers
122
Documenting the Artist
151
Space Captivity and
211
Discourses of Family in Black Documentary Film
250
Black HighTech Documents ERIKA MUHAMMAD
298
The I Narrator in Black Diaspora Documentary
315
Interviews with Filmmakers
329
Filmography
395
FilmVideomaker Index
442
Bibliography
457
Contributors
471
Copyright

Experimental Film and Video
268

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Phyllis R. Klotman is Professor of Afro-American Studies and Founder/Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University. Her publications include Screenplays of the African American Experience, Frame by Frame: A Black Filmography, and with Gloria J. Gibson, Frame by Frame II: A Filmography of the African American Image, and over 30 articles/essays on African American film and literature.

Janet K. Cutler is Professor of English and Coordinator of the interdisciplinary film program at Montclair State University, where she has taught film studies for twenty years. Her published work on film and video has appeared in such journals as Black Film Review, Cineaste, Film Quarterly, and Persistence of Vision.

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