Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Contemporary Black Women Filmmakers and the Art of Resistance

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Contemporary Black Women Filmmakers and the Art of Resistance

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Baker, Christina N. Contemporary Black Women Filmmakers and the Art of Resistance. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2018, pp.214, ISBN: 9780814254998.

This book provides an analysis of representations of Black femaleness in the feature films of Black women filmmakers that resist dominant ideologies about Black womanhood, deliberately and creatively reconstructing meanings of Blackness that draw from their personal experiences and create new symbolic meaning of Black femaleness within mainstream culture. Addressing social issues such as the exploitation of Black women in the entertainment industry, the impact of mass incarceration on Black women, political activism, and violence, these films also engage with personal issues as complex as love, motherhood, and sexual identity. …

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